Gloria Barajas & Brenda Quinonez Fatally Injured in DUI Crash on Road 56 [Tulare County, CA]

Gloria Barajas & Brenda Quinonez Fatally Injured in DUI Crash on Road 56 [Tulare County, CA]

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Gloria Barajas & Brenda Quinonez Fatally Injured in DUI Crash on Road 56 [Tulare County, CA]

43-Year-Old Man Arrested after Fatal Head-On Collision near Avenue 430 

TULARE COUNTY, CA (December 5, 2023) – Sunday evening Gloria Barajas and Brenda Quinonez were killed in a DUI crash on Road 56.

Around 6:00 p.m., officers responded to the scene near Avenue 430 in the vicinity of Reedley.

Per reports, the driver of a Ford pickup-truck was heading south and veered into oncoming lanes. The Ford then crashed head-on into a northbound Nissan Rogue SUV.

Medics later pronounced two occupants inside the Nissan dead at the scene. Officials later identified the deceased victims as 55-year-old Barajas and 35-year-old Quinonez. 

Meanwhile, their two family members were rushed to Community Regional Medical Center. 

Paramedics also arrested the 43-year-old Ford driver, Blake Benham, of Dinuba for felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter. 


Our warm and sincerest sympathies go out to the friends and families of Gloria Barajas and Brenda Quinonez. May you find comfort and strength during this time.


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