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Restaurant owner arrested in fatal hit-and-run of pedestrian in Merced, police said

Narkesh Kumar, 36, of Livingston
Narkesh Kumar, 36, of Livingston

A Livingston man who allegedly left the scene in his van after fatally striking a pedestrian has been arrested, Merced police said Monday.

A 53-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was killed about 11:30 p.m. Thursday while sitting in the roadway near Yosemite Avenue and G Street, officers said.

Police said Monday they arrested 36-year-old Narkesh Kumar in connection with the fatal hit-and-run. Witnesses told police the man in the road was struck by a white van that sustained front-end damage.

Kumar was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run, police said. His bail set at $80,000, according to jail records, Kumar was no longer in custody on Tuesday.

Kumar is the owner of Turmeric Indian Cuisine on Yosemite Avenue, according to city records. An employee at the restaurant, which was open Tuesday, said Kumar was not immediately available for comment.

The 53-year-old victim was believed to be homeless and authorities are working to locate his next of kin, according to the Merced County Coroner’s Office.

Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this incident to contact the Merced Police Department traffic division at 209-388-7719. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to the police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message.

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