The California Highway Patrol has made an arrest in the death of a Patterson man, who was struck and killed while out riding his bicycle by a motorist who fled the scene.
Frankie Sanchez, 51, died from injuries he sustained after being hit by a pickup truck while riding his bicycle. The collision happened shortly before 7 p.m. April 1.
Sanchez worked as a security guard at the Turlock Poker Room and The Rail and was well-liked by many of the patrons and staff.
Jesus Antonio Flores, 20, of Delhi was arrested Thursday by the Modesto area CHP after receiving a specific tip about his possible involvement.
Sanchez was riding his bike westbound on Marshall Road, along the north roadway edge, approaching Tulip Avenue. Flores was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado westbound on Marshall Road.
"The right front of the Chevrolet struck Mr. Sanchez and his bicycle, propelling him to the north shoulder," the CHP said. "Jesus Flores continued westbound on Marshall Road, leaving the collision scene and Mr. Sanchez."
Emergency personnel arrived at the scene and located Sanchez on the ground and unresponsive. Sanchez was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The CHP and allied agencies throughout Stanislaus County received several tips from the public, one of which eventually led to Flores.
Flores was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on a felony charges of hit and run and vehicular manslaughter. He remains in custody in lieu of a $35,000 bail.