Fatal Solo-Vehicle Crash into Canal in Dos Palos
FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (Sept. 6, 2018) — Juan Flores Lomeli, 49, of Dos Palos, died Monday night in a solo-vehicle crash into a canal on North Russell Avenue, according to the the Fresno County Coroner’s Office.
Lomeli was driving with one passenger in a black 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV northbound on North Russell Avenue. As he approached a bridge over a canal just south of West Althea Avenue, the vehicle went off the road and became submerged in the water.
The male passenger managed to get out of the vehicle, but didn’t seem to know what happened to the driver. He walked away from the crash and found a residence to call 911. It’s unknown whether or not the passenger was hurt in the crash.
CHP crews removed the SUV from the canal, but the body of the driver wasn’t located until the next day. Divers with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office located Lomeli on Tuesday.
It’s unknown at this time whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the collision, police said.
Fresno County Accident Investigation
A full investigation into what caused this collision is underway. There are many unanswered questions such as whether or not a dangerous road condition or mechanical problem caused this crash. We also do not know if speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.
We extend our sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Lomili as they cope with this tragedy.
There are many steps that should be taken following a collision to ensure your legal rights are protected, but this can vary depending on the circumstances. If injuries are involved, it’s important to get medical help right away to document your injuries and ensure the best possible recovery. If someone has died, a wrongful death claim may be pursued by surviving family members.
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