The driver wanted for the hit and run that killed an 83-year-old man has turned himself into law enforcement, the Turlock Police Department reported.
The driver has been identified as Armando Michael Arreola, 25, of Turlock.
The deceased was identified as s Santiago Estrada-Gonzalez, 83, of Delhi.
Arreola turned himself in one day after the police department released a photo of his Acura and the license plate number. The surveillance footage image came immediately after the collision and shows major damage to the windshield and front passenger side of the 2004 Acura TL.
Investigators with the Major Accident Investigation Team interviewed Arreola and he told them the whereabouts of the Acura. It was located in the 600 block of East Coolidge Ave. in Modesto and recovered by the Modesto Police Department.
The Acura has since been transported to the Turlock Police Department where it will be processed for evidence associated to the fatal hit and run crime.
The hit and run was reported to the police department at 3:31 p.m. Tuesday and involved a pedestrian in the 2100 block of Fulkerth Road.
Paramedics were the first to arrive at the scene and immediately began trying to save the man’s life, but his injuries were too severe, and he died at the scene.
The collision happened near a bus stop. The victim was in the roadway when he was struck by the vehicle, which was traveling west on Fulkerth. It’s unknown at this time if the victim was attempting to cross the road when he was struck.
“The investigation into this incident is not over with the arrest of Arreola and the recovery of the involved vehicle,’ said Turlock Police Acting Capt. Russell Holeman. “The Traffic Safety Unit will be serving additional search warrants and will continue their work to gather evidence to solidify this investigation. We offer our sincere condolences to Santiago’s family during their time of loss.”
Arreola was transported the Stanislaus County Jail to be booked on charges of manslaughter and felony hit and run charges. He remains in custody in lieu of a bail of $25,000.
The Turlock Police Department ask that anyone with information, call Officer Richard Fortado at (209) 664-7399. You can also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.