Photo: CottonWood Crash

The driver of a vehicle involved in a Monday morning accident on Cottonwood Road east of Highway 33 fled the scene and was not located, according to the California Highway Patrol. The CHP said the unknown motorist, a male, was driving a Volkswagen westbound on Cottonwood when he allowed the vehicle to cross the center line into the path of an eastbound Freightliner driven by Jorge Ruiz, 61, of Fresno. The truck driver turned to the right in an attempt to avoid a collision but the Volkswagen sideswiped the Freightliner, the CHP said. The Volkswagen driver reportedly exited the vehicle and fled on foot into an almond orchard. The Volkswagen caught fire and appeared to be a total loss, the CHP reported. Ruiz was not injured.