Fresno woman survives crash with big rig, dies in second collision

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Action News has learned more about a woman who died on Highway 99 after surviving a crash with a big rig Tuesday morning. (KFSN)

Action News has learned more about a woman who died on Highway 99 after surviving a crash with a big rig Tuesday morning. Her name is Ivonne Rodriguez and she's a Fresno mother of four.

Martin Rodriguez was waiting for his mom Ivonne to come home Tuesday morning-- but she never made it.

"Honestly, I haven't slept, I've been up all night."

On her way back to Fresno from the bay area CHP officers said Ivonne was side-swiped by a big rig on Highway 99 in Madera. Her car stopped on the shoulder, it was partially blocking the fast lane. She got out and moments later, Sgt Lincoln McKenna said another car hit her, after swerving to avoid the crash.

"Collided with her, apparently just didn't see her and wasn't expecting her to be in the center divider."

Sgt McKenna said Ivonne had the emergency lights on but it was dark, and the car that hit her was driving the speed limit. Still, her son has questions whether the driver was distracted, even for a second.

"I just wish my mom never would have stepped out that car."

Even though it cost his mom her life, Martin said he knows why she stepped out.

"I feel like she just got off the car to see if the other people were ok, and that's the type of person she was."

Ivonne was 46 and a married mother of four.

"She was a good person, she did the best she could just to get by for us."

Martin said it hurts but he hopes his mom's death will send a message to other drivers to be more aware on the highway.

"It just tells you that, you can take someone's life in a slight second."

There were three other people involved in the two collisions, a passenger in Ivonne's car and two other drivers, none of them were hurt and no one is facing charges at this point.
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