Suspect in Fresno County crash that killed couple pleads not guilty

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — A Madera County man charged with hitting and killing a married couple has pleaded not guilty.

54-year-old David Alvarado was arraigned in a downtown Fresno court on Thursday.

The California Highway Patrol says he was driving drunk in May when his pickup truck ran into two other cars sitting at a stoplight on Highway 41 and Manning Avenue.

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The crash killed 65-year-old Mary Hardin that evening.

Her husband, 69-year-old Paul Hardin, was hospitalized in critical condition before being taken off of life support days later.

Alvarado is facing murder charges as a result of the crash.

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He also has six previous DUI’s on his record, dating back to 1997.

He’s due back in court on August 8.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.