Selma Man Killed in Two-Vehicle Accident on North Avenue

FRESNO, CA (May 26, 2022) – 52-year-old Jose Caratachea-Valencia lost his life Monday morning, in a semi-truck accident on Elm Avenue.

The accident occurred around 3:00 a.m., along Elm and North Avenue. Emergency crews responded to the scene shortly after.

According to reports, a big-rig driver was pulling into a driveway when a 2010 Mercury, driven by Jose, collided with the trailer’s side. Investigators say Caratachea-Valencia drove about 100 mph and could not avoid the truck in time.

Emergency responders had to use the Jaws of Life to free Caratachea-Valencia after his vehicle became wedged underneath the truck. Due to the impact of the collision, officials declared Caratachea-Valencia dead at the scene.

At this time, authorities suspected DUI was the cause and will perform toxicology tests to confirm. Furthermore, Fresno police will release additional information once they become available.


The team at Sweet James sends out their heartfelt sympathies to the friends and family of Jose Caratachea-Valencia who are grieving over the loss of their loved one.


Accidents are unpredictable and happen when we least expect them. After losing a loved one in a semi-truck accident, your primary focus should be on the well-being of your family. However, if you are pursuing a claim and dealing with the insurance companies on your own, you will have little to no time to heal. Turn to Sweet James, and let them help you with the legalities of your situation. They help families heal by pursuing their cases from beginning to end. The only thing you have to focus on is getting back on your feet while they take care of the rest. Call their office today at (800) 975-3435 for a free strategy session. To obtain the police report, click here.

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