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Wrong-way driver killed in head-on crash with big rig

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An 83-year-old Fresno man was killed in a high-speed head-on collision with a semi truck early Thursday morning on State Route 152 near Road 5, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Jose Ma De La Torre Valenzuela had apparently become disoriented when he turned and began to drive against on-coming traffic on SR 152 at over 80 mph, according to witnesses.

CHP Sgt. Michael Donnelly said Valenzuela was driving his 1999 Honda Accord westbound in the eastbound lanes of SR 152 just before 2 a.m. when he struck the semitruck head on.

A motorist told officers he saw Valenzuela on the wrong side of the freeway and attempted to catch up to him to honk and warn him, but lost him at 77-plus mph...


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