Three sisters killed by drunk driver in Del Rey

Sisters Jennie Monreal of Sanger, Josephine Contreras of San Jose, Delores Rodriguez of Del Rey, and Betty Rodriguez of Del Rey.

January 27, 2014 12:03:47 PM PST
The California Highway Patrol says four sisters were in a car that was hit head-on by a drunk driver in the Central Valley over the weekend.

Josephine Contreras of San Jose, 72, was killed in the crash. Her sisters, 73-year-old Jennie Monreal and 70-year-old Delores Rodriguez also died. Their younger sister, 67-year-old Betty Rodriguez, survived.

The accident happened in Del Rey, about 20 minutes south of Fresno. Investigators say the women were driving home from a casino Saturday night when a man in a minivan crashed into them, killing the three sisters.

Those who know the family say the sisters were inseparable. "Sisters that loved each other a lot and I know that Betty is going to be hurt. Like I said, not only her, the community," said Del Rey resident Tony Nicacio.

Betty remained at a hospital Monday in fair condition.

The suspected drunk driver, a 56-year-old man, is in the hospital with major injuries.