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Pedestrian Michelle Cruz, 53, Killed in Polk, Fairmont Ave Crash; Driver Jennifer Fleishman, 31, Suspected of DUI

Fresno, CA – According to ABC30, on the night of Monday, February 26, 2024, a pedestrian identified as 53-year-old Michelle Cruz was struck and killed by the driver of an SUV, identified as 31-year-old Jennifer Fleishman.

Investigations indicate that Cruz was walking her bicycle and a cart on Polk and Fairmont Avenues around 10 PM when she was struck by Fleishman driving an SUV southbound on Polk. Authorities suspected Fleishman to have been driving under the influence, but later released her.

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Even in cases where criminal charges are not brought to bear, families who have lost a loved one in a fatal collision may be able to file a wrongful death claim with the insurance provider of the at-fault driver.

The compensation provided by a wrongful death claim can relieve the financial burdens created by medical expenses, burial costs, and the loss of income to support any dependents of the deceased.

Insurance companies will work to reduce any claim they cannot deny, which is where the help of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can prove invaluable by negotiating on behalf of victims and their families to ensure they receive proper compensation.

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