Drunk Driver Arrested in Connection to Death of 3 Sisters

Drunk Driver Arrested in Connection to Death of 3 Sisters

FRESNO – Officers arrested a suspect who they believe was responsible for the death of three sisters in a DUI accident in Fresno County.

Tranquillo Ramos Figueroa, 56, of Sanger is being charged for causing the deaths of Jennie Monreal, Josephine Contreras and Delores Rodriguez, sisters who were all in their 70s. A fourth sister, Elizabeth Rodriguez, 67, was taken to the hospital after the accident and is in fair condition.

The accident happened on Saturday night along McCall Avenue, just north of Belmont Avenue just after 6 p.m. Figueroa’s vehicle drifted into the path of the sisters’ Toyota Yaris. The driver, Elizabeth Rodriguez, attempted to swerve out of the way, but could not avoid the head-on collision.

Figueroa’s blood alcohol level was .15 or higher when he crashed into the sisters, according to the criminal complaint. Figueroa allegedly already had a DUI conviction in 2013. He was driving on a suspended license at the time of the accident.

Figueroa has been charged with three counts of murder, driving with a blood alcohol level over .08 and causing great bodily injury, hit and run, and driving with a suspended license.

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Elizabeth Warmerdam

Beth Warmerdam is a freelance journalist based out of Reedley. She graduated from Fresno State in 2004 with a BA in print journalism and has worked for several newspapers and magazines. In addition to writing, Beth enjoys being a stay-at-home mom, trying to keep up with her 2-year-old son, Zachary.