MADERA COUNTY – A single vehicle crash on Highway 41 last night has claimed the life of a 27-year-old Fresno man.
At about 9:35 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12, Edgar Farias was southbound on Highway 41 just south of Road 406 in a 2002 Dodge Ram pickup.
Several witnesses said Farias passed by them at over 100 mph just moments before the collision, according to CHP. The truck then crashed into the rock embankment on the west side of the road, ricocheted across both lanes and up the east embankment and flipped over, coming to rest in the northbound lane on its top.
The driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle.
Though other motorists stopped to render aid to the driver, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
It is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.
Both lanes of Highway 41 were closed for several hours. There was also another crash in the area as one vehicle ran into someone slowing for traffic backup.