A man was arrested Sunday in connection with a fatal Inglewood hit-and-run in which a woman was struck after she strapped a child into a car seat, authorities said.
Jesus Cazares, 38 was taken into custody about 3 p.m. at the Inglewood Police Department after he called authorities and said he wanted to turn himself in, the department said in a statement. An arrest location was coordinated and Cazares surrendered without incident.
He was booked on felony hit and run charges and held on $50,000 bail, Inglewood police said. Additional charges may be added pending further investigation.
The incident occurred about 10:07 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Oak and Nectarine streets, police said. Shortly after Elisa Alvarez, 47, placed her cousin’s child inside the car, she was struck by a red or burgundy pickup truck.
After leaving a birthday party, Alvarez was apparently standing near the vehicle and speaking with a relative when she was hit, according to police.
She was taken to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
No one else was injured in the collision, which was so strong that it pushed the car’s door forward, bending it toward the front fender, police said.
Shortly before Cazares’ arrest, the vehicle used in the alleged crime was located near Arbor Vitae and Oak Street, Inglewood police said.
Anyone with information on the collision was asked to call the Inglewood Police Department at 310-412-5134.
A fund has been established to cover Alvarez’s funeral costs. Those who wish to donate to the fund may do so by visiting Gofundme.com.