Texas Missionary Couple Dead after Suspected DUI Collision near Manning Avenue

FRESNO COUNTY, CA (May 27, 2024)Mary and Paul Hardin died Saturday night and David Alvarado was arrested after a rear-end crash on northbound Highway 41.

Police officers responded to the scene around 8:30 p.m., near Manning Avenue.

Authorities report that Alvarado was driving a Ford F-250 when he rear-ended a Nissan Sentra and a Chevrolet Camaro, both stopped at a red light. Medical personnel on the scene pronounced the woman driving the Nissan, 65-year-old Mary from Helotes, Texas, dead.

Her passenger, 69-year-old Paul, was taken to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries on Monday. It was noted that the couple were missionaries with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Eventually, authorities arrested the Ford driver, identified as 54-year-old David Alvarado from Madera, for felony DUI.

The California Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash and will release more details when available.


In this sorrowful time, the Sweet James team would like to extend their heartfelt condolences to the family of Mary Hardin.


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