57-Year-Old Man Killed in Traffic Accident

FRESNO, CA (July 26, 2022) – Thursday morning, a fiery crash on Manning Avenue claimed the life of Rafael Miramontes.

The incident happened on July 7th, at around 7:30 a.m., when a Toyota Prius, driven by Miramontes, collided with a big-rig.

According to reports, the Prius was headed northbound when, for reasons currently unclear, a big-rig veered into the lane with the sedan. The Prius became trapped between the truck and the barricade, and both the vehicles burst into flames.

Emergency responders arrived soon after the crash and pronounced 57-year-old Miramontes dead at the scene. His 10-year-old daughter, who was also in the car, suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. At this time, the condition of the big-rig driver is unknown.

Additionally, officials closed the northbound lanes of Highway 99 for nearly seven hours after the crash.


The team at Sweet James sends their warm and sincerest sympathies to the friends and family of the Rafael Miramontes. May the loving memories of your loved one and the love of family give you strength in the days ahead.


The death of a family member is always a traumatic experience for the surviving family. At Sweet James, they understand that no amount of money can make up for the tragic loss of a loved one. However, it is important that the family understands and protects their rights. Their wrongful death attorneys understand that the legal issues impose challenges to those involved. They are here to help you through the legal process so that you can focus on the concerns and needs of your family. Call their offices today to find out how we can help you at (800) 975-3435. Click here to request a police report.

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