A cement truck driver who was involved in a recent fatal accident in Clovis stated he was attempting to avoid a collision when he lost control of the vehicle and it rolled. According to an accident report, 32-year-old Guadalupe Lopez allegedly told law enforcement officers he was headed north on Norris Street in a Mack truck with a concrete mixer attached when he noticed a vehicle in front of him was stopped at a traffic signal. Lopez reportedly steered the fully loaded cement truck to the right in an effort to avoid hitting the stopped vehicle. Instead, the cement truck overturned and rolled on top of a two-door 2011 Toyota driven by 54-year-old Shirley Garcia as she slowed to make a turn at the upcoming intersection. Garcia’s passenger, 29-year-old Crystal Sutherland, died at the scene of the crash. Garcia and another passenger, Susan Trujillo, were taken to Plains Regional Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.
The exact cause of the crash is currently under investigation by the Clovis Police Department’s Major Crash Reconstruction Team. According to Police Captain Patrick Whitney, the cement truck owned by Griego and Sons Concrete rolled due to a combination of a high center of gravity and hitting a curb. The weight of the concrete also reportedly contributed to the incident. Although neither driver was suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, both drivers submitted to voluntary toxicology testing. Captain Whitney refused to say whether either driver will be charged as a result of the fatal collision.
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Press Release: Fatal Automobile Crash at 7th and Norris Streets, by Captain Patrick Whitney, Clovis Police Department Press Release dated April 25, 2012