Mariano Cruz, Emily Ochoa-Ascencio Dead after DUI Accident on Highway 99 [Fresno, CA]


Eugene Roebuck Arrested after DUI Crash near McKinley Avenue Left Couple Dead

FRESNO, CA (September 8, 2022) – Saturday, a suspected DUI accident on Highway 99 took the lives of Mariano Cruz and Emily Ochoa-Ascencio.

The fatal incident was reported just before 5:00 a.m. near McKinley Avenue.

According to the investigators, 21-year-old Eugene Roebuck was driving under the influence and changed lanes on Highway 99. He collided with a Mitsubishi driven by 20-year-old Mariano Cruz along with his passenger 18-year-old Emily Ochoa-Ascencio. Officials state that both occupants inside the Mitsubishi died at the scene.

Meanwhile, medical responders transported Roebuck to Community Regional Medical Center. Officials later booked him in Fresno County Jail.


No words can mend the broken hearts and sorrow felt during this delicate moment. The Sweet James team sends their deepest condolences and sympathies to the families and friends of Mariano Cruz and Emily Ochoa-Ascencio. May you find strength and comfort in the difficult days ahead.


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