Deadly Crash on Highway 101 at Cuesta Grade


A Fresno teen is under arrest for DUI in connection with a deadly crash on Highway 101 that closed down the Cuesta Grade Tuesday night and killed two of his passengers, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Emergency crews responded to the scene in the southbound lanes, south of TV Tower Road, shortly before 11:00 p.m.

Officers say the driver, identified as Robert Dave Jones II, 19, of Fresno, was driving “at a high rate of speed” when he turned the car to the right, causing it to go up a steep embankment before heading back onto the road where it crashed into the center divider.

The two back seat passengers, identified as Cody James Wiebers, 21, and Jubalee Stoney Jones, 20, both from Fresno, were ejected and died at the scene, according to CHP. Officers say neither were wearing a seatbelt. 

The passenger in the front seat, identified as Cynthia Rendon, 20, also of Fresno, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries but has since been released.

CHP says the crash was caused by Jones’ intoxication. He was hospitalized with major injuries and, according to local hospital officials, has been transferred to Fresno Community Hospital. 

At least one additional vehicle became involved after hitting one of the ejected victims on the highway.

All lanes of Highway 101 in the area were back open by 5:00 a.m. 

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