Witness describes scene after man hit, killed by car in Central Fresno

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Action News is learning more about a crash that killed a man in Central Fresno. Police say the crash happened near Cedar and Shields avenues before 7:30 p.m. Thursday. (KFSN)

Action News is learning more about a crash that killed a man in Central Fresno. Police say the crash happened near Cedar and Shields avenues before 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

A screech and a loud crash. That's what Tommy Le says he heard late Thursday night when a man was hit and killed outside his store.

"He flew in the air, and he dropped down. And when I see, I see him roll several turns," said Le.

The suspect in question is 57-year-old Edward Grijalva. Police say he was under the influence of methamphetamine when he hit the victim and was arrested for felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter. Even though the victim wasn't using a crosswalk, police say the driver should have seen him.

"The victim, the pedestrian, had crossed and was walking slowly, was older but had crossed most of the roadway," said Lt. Joe Gomez of the Fresno Police Department.

The victim hasn't been identified, but police say he was a 62-year-old man. The speed limit along this busy road is 40 miles per hour, but Le says the suspect had to have been driving well over the speed limit.

"That's why they can hit a man like that. Wheeeeew! I mean something like that it's not slow," said Le.

In the last 10 years, the collision reconstruction unit has responded to several fatalities on this road. Police say many of those hit were homeless, but this victim was not.

Fresno police say this is the sixth fatal collision in the city this year.
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