Woman Killed in Centerville Auto-Pedestrian Crash on Highway 180 in Fresno County

Fresno County, California (June 29, 2020) – A 42-year-old woman died in a suspected DUI auto-pedestrian accident that happened Sunday at about 2:30 a.m. on Highway 180 in Centerville.

The scene of the crash is near Piedra.

Authorities said Heather Martinez was driving on the highway when, for unknown reasons, stopped off the road, got out of her car and walked into traffic lanes. She was then hit by 32-year-old Kenia Rodriguez. The victim died of the injuries she sustained in the crash.

Rodriguez stopped momentarily after the accident but then continued driving down the highway, authorities said.

The driver was later found by officers who determined she was under the influence. It was not mentioned if she was arrested.

Officers are trying to establish why Martinez walked onto the road.

A person on foot is no match for a vehicle. Pedestrians have virtually no protection when they are hit by cars, motorcycles, trucks, and other vehicles. Sadly, this often leads to catastrophic injuries and/or death. “Due to the incredibly serious nature of these types of injuries, pedestrian accident cases often require special care in order to help ensure victims receive the full compensation they need for extensive medical bills, ongoing rehabilitation therapy, in-home care, lost past and future earnings, and numerous other economic and non-economic damages”, Said Arin Khodaverdian, an experienced pedestrian accident attorney.

Arin noted that pedestrians, in most instances, have the right-of-way when crossing a street or an intersection. According to Arin, to properly investigate a pedestrian crash and prove negligence, enough resources are required. “A skilled attorney has the resources and will help investigate the accident to determine the party at fault,” Arin said