Mariano Cruz and Emily Ascencio Killed in DUI Crash

Highway 99 Accident Leaves 2 Dead 

20-year-old Mariano Cruz was one of two people that were killed in a DUI crash on Saturday, September 3rd. 

It was around 6 in the morning when a Hyundai made an unsafe lane change, causing a collision with Cruz’s Mitsubishi. 

The wreck took place within the northbound lanes of Highway 99 in Fresno.

Upon impact, the Mitsubishi lost control, went down an embankment and struck a tree. 

Sadly, both Cruz and a passenger, Emily Ochoa Ascencio, 18,  died at the scene. They were both Mendota residents. 

It was discovered that the Hyundai driver, Eugene Roebuk, 21, was impaired at the time of the accident. He was arrested after being taken to Fresno Community Regional Medical Center for treatment. 

The crash remains under investigation. 

JT Legal Group sends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mariano Cruz and Emily Ascencio. 

In 2020, studies showed that the state of California reported 3,723 motor-vehicle deaths which was an increase from 2019. 

In the U.S. one’s odds of dying in a car accident is around 1 in 107.

Always make sure to wear a seatbelt, obey traffic laws, and avoid distractions while driving.

Contact JT Legal Group at (888) 529-3111 if you need legal assistance following an accident.

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