SELMA – A Selma woman and an unidentified pedestrian died in two separate, alcohol-related incidents this week.
In the first collision, the Selma woman was killed Dec. 31 following an early morning solo vehicle traffic collision on American Avenue. According to a California Highway Patrol report, alcohol was a contributing factor in this collision. The driver of the car, Edwin Sebastian, 28, of Mendota, sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Community Regional Medical Center.
In the report, Sebastian was said to be driving a 2015 Chrysler west on American Avenue at 2:09 a.m. at a high rate of speed. He did not slow down for, or stop, at the posted stop sign at Golden State Boulevard. Instead, his car travelled across both the north and southbound lanes and overturned. The passenger, who has not yet been named pending notification of family, was a 39 year-old Selma woman. She died of her injuries on the scene.
The collision is still under investigation.
In another incident, a pedestrian died after being struck by a car while walking on Manning Avenue on Dec. 30, according to another California Highway Patrol report. The CHP reported that alcohol was also a factor in this collision.
The CHP reported that Richard Flores, 30, of Selma, has been arrested after colliding into an unnamed pedestrian. Flores was driving a 2004 Honda Accord east approaching Leonard Avenue around 3:44 a.m. at between 65 to 70 miles per hour. Although he saw the pedestrian directly in front of him, he was unable to slow down or stop in time. The pedestrian died at the scene.
The incident is still under investigation and the pedestrian’s identity has not yet been released pending notification of family.