Fatal Crash Leaves 5 Dead, Wayne Fletcher, 58, of Dinuba is Critical
FRESNO COUNTY, California (Sept. 5, 2017) — Vinod Dhammy, 66, Kuldip Kumar, 64, both of Union City, and Deepak Kumar, were three of five men killed and one was critically injured Tuesday morning in a fiery collision.
Deepak, also known as Master Deepak, was host of a popular radio astrology show at KLOK in the South Bay community.
The fatal crash involved a white 2009 GL450 Mercedes and a 2013 Peterbilt truck on West Manning Avenue at Highway 33, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The fatal crash took place about 9:01 a.m. this morning. Police believe the 63-year-old Hayward man driving the SUV was heading eastbound when he allegedly drove through a stop sign and was hit by the northbound gravel truck.
Police say the trailer of the big rig landed on top of the Mercedes. The car ended up engulfed in flames with several people still trapped inside.
The CHP report stated five people died at the scene and the driver of the big rig truck was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center with major injuries. He was later identified in the Fresno Bee as Wayne Fletcher, 58, of Dinuba.
The truck overturned in the collision with the SUV, spilling about 60 gallons of diesel fuel that required cleanup. A light pole was damaged on Highway 33.
Those of us at Johnson Attorneys Group offer our sincere condolences to the families of the victims and to those seriously injured in this crash.
There are certainly many unanswered questions in the wake of this horrible collision. The initial investigation has stated the driver in the SUV did not stop, but there could be other factors that contributed to this crash and often there can be shared liability for a collision. An injured person or the surviving family members of a person killed in a crash may wish to consider hiring their own independent attorney to investigate what happened.
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