Fresno, Calif., Man killed after crashing into fence post near freeway

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A 29-year-old Fresno man died Tuesday night after colliding with a fence post near a highway 180 slip road.

California Highway Patrol Sgt. Nick Ranger said the crash happened at 8:43 p.m. as the man was driving his Hyundai Genesis on East Kings Canyon Road and Temperance Avenue near Highway 180 at high speed.

Ranger said it appeared the driver thought he was on Highway 180 or didn’t realize the road was ending when he collided with a fence post which dislodged and impaled the driver.

UPDATE: Victim identified by the coroner’s office

The vehicle continued, Ranger said, and took off and climbed onto the embankment on the south side of Highway 180 and overturned after hitting the ground again before coming to rest on the south embankment of Highway 180 eastbound, east of Temperance.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is not known whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in the single vehicle collision.

There were no witnesses to the collision, but a nearby resident heard the crash and called 911, and a driver walked by and saw debris, Ranger said.

This story was originally published 20 October 2021 6:48 a.m.

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