It happened in front of the Tanager Springs Apartments on Maple near Dwight on Sunday.
The impact sent both cars spinning. Police say both drivers involved in the collision were unlicensed.
Albert Renteria was killed in the crash. He was celebrating his 37th birthday that day.
34-year-old Jorge Rodriguez was arrested. Fresno Police say he had open containers of beer in his vehicle, but fault hasn't been determined.