Months after driver is seen running from fatal crash, San Jose man is arrested

Seven months after two Bay Area men were found dead in a wrecked pickup truck, the suspected driver was arrested  in San Jose, the California Highway Patrol said.

Hugo Mendoza, a San Jose resident, was taken into custody Saturday night after police who contacted him on another matter found he was the subject of a warrant from the CHP’s Modesto office, the Modesto Bee reported.

Mendoza is being held on charges of felony vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run.

He is suspected of being the man seen fleeing on foot after a fatal single-vehicle accident Feb. 6 in Stanislaus County.

A 2011 GMC pickup had apparently been westbound on Highway 132 around 2:30 a.m. when it went off the two-lane rural road and hit some trees just east of the San Joaquin River.

In the pickup two men were found dead: Jovany Serrano-Caballero, 23, of Hayward and Saul Garcia, 36, of San Jose.

The person who reported the accident said he had pulled over on the roadside to call 911 when a man got out of the driver’s side of the truck and ran past his car.

Mendoza’s bail was set at $500,000, the Bee said.

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Source:: The Mercury News


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