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Drunk Driver Gets 15 Years to Life for Deadly Fresno Taco Truck Crash
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By Anthony W. Haddad
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June 13, 2024

A Fresno man was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for a fatal DUI crash that killed one person and injured another after he drove into a taco truck. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)

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Rolando Enrique Alvarenga-Aguilar, 48, of Fresno, was sentenced on Wednesday to 15 years to life in state prison for murder, driving under the influence causing injury, and hit and run, following a fatal crash on Oct. 9, 2021.

Judge Geoffrey D. Wilson of the Fresno County Superior Court handed down the sentence after Alvarenga-Aguilar pleaded no contest to the charges on May 14.

The crash resulted in the death of 60-year-old Sabas Ruiz-Galavez and injured another person.

Rolando Enrique Alvarenga-Aguilar

Details of the Event

On the night of the fatal crash, Alvarenga-Aguilar accelerated his van in a parking lot at the intersection of Maple and Belmont avenues in Fresno, striking one person seated at a table and pinning Ruiz-Galavez between his van and a taco truck.

Alvarenga-Aguilar fled the scene but was later apprehended by Fresno police officers in a nearby neighborhood. Investigations revealed his blood alcohol count was .20%, more than twice the legal limit.

Ruiz-Galavez succumbed to his injuries nine days later in the hospital.

Alvarenga-Aguilar, who has a criminal record that includes theft, domestic violence, and two prior DUI convictions in 2018 and 2019, was on probation for a 2019 DUI at the time of the crash.

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Anthony W. Haddad,
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Anthony W. Haddad, who graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with his undergraduate degree and has an MBA at Fresno State, is the Swiss Army knife of GV Wire. He writes stories, manages social media, and represents the organization on the ground.

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