Hit-and-run kills Chowchilla man

August 27, 2013 

— A hit-and-run collision killed a 43-year-old Chow-chilla man who was walking along a rural road near Kingsburg during the weekend, the California Highway Patrol reported Monday.

The dead man's identity is being withheld pending notification of his family.

Andrew A. Sanchez, 30, of Kingsburg was arrested for felony hit-and-run in connection with the incident, according to the CHP.

Officers said the victim was walking in the southbound lane of Diagonal 24, near Ward Drive, at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday when he was hit. They said Sanchez was driving a 2010 Ford Fusion at about 50 mph, also in the southbound lane, approaching the victim.

The CHP said it isn't known if the victim suddenly moved into the path of the Ford Fusion or if Sanchez failed to see the man walking in the roadway.

The front of the car struck the victim, throwing him over the vehicle. His body landed in the southbound lane, according to the CHP. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

After the collision, officers said, Sanchez fled the scene in the Ford Fusion, which later was found by Kingsburg Fire Department personnel at the 18th Avenue offramp of northbound Highway 99.

Officers said the Ford Fusion had damage consistent with hitting a pedestrian. A follow-up investigation of the registered owner led officers to a Kingsburg residence, where they found Sanchez.

He was arrested in connection with the fatal hit-and-run. The CHP said the incident remains under investigation.

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