Male / Female:
Fatality: YES / NO
Incident Address or Location:
Near: 2345 N Blackstone Ave Fresno, CA 93703
Just before 9:00 p.m.
Suspect Vehicle MAKE:
Large Black in Color 4x4 Lifted Pick-Up Truck with Oversize Chrome Rims and Bulky Tires
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Tinted Windows YES /NO:
Vehicle Special Markings:
Lift Kit 4x4 with Chrome Rims, Bulky Tires, Tinted Windows
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Vehicle Sustained Damage To:
Possibly To Front Bumper Area.
Driving Lights Color and Brightness:
Vehicle Travelled From:
The Area of N. Maroa Ave. on E. Clinton Ave.
Vehicle Last Seen Headed:
Eastbound on E. Clinton Ave passing Blacksone Ave.
Drivers Gender MALE / FEMALE:
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Drivers Approx Age:
Driver Attired / Wore:
Driver Stopped YES / NO:
NO. Drove away slowly after rolling over the victim.
Driver Helped YES / NO:
Any Passengers YES / Unknown:
Investigating Police Department:
Fresno Police Department
Police Phone Number:
Detective Jeremy Maffei
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Driver Arrested on:
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Aug 20, 2016
Fresno, CA – Police are looking for the driver of a large pick-up truck involved in the hit-and-run death of a man in a wheelchair.
Reports state a large black in color pick-up truck modified with a lift-kit with oversize chrome rims and bulky tires ran over a man as he attempted to cross E. Clinton Ave. at N. Blackstone Ave.
Surveillance video shows as the lifted truck jolts after running over the man who appeared to be using a crosswalk. The victim was identified by Police as 54 year old Christopher Varela. The driver of the vehicle continued driving away at a slow speed eastbound on E. Clinton Ave. towards the 41 Yosemite Fwy and eventually went out of cameras view.
Several good samaritans who realized what had happened immediately helped the injured man who lay on the ground to include a woman on a cellphone who repositioned cones from a near construction site to warn other motorists. Unfortunately Varela succumbed to his injuries and was later pronounced deceased.
Just moments before the impact, the video shows two vehicles running a red light as they crossed E. Clinton Ave in opposite directions, other vehicles facing westbound on N. Blackstone Ave. were stopped at the intersection and in the upper right corner of the video a traffic light appears to turn green, that's when the the truck that appeared to be stopped at the light facing eastbound began to drive forward from a stopped position and ran over Varela, knocking him of the wheel chair and onto the ground.
The height of the vehicle, the obstructed view of the driver to see in front of the truck and the low profile of Varela as he sat in the wheel chair could have contributed to this specially if the driver was waiting distracted looking "down" then proceeding forward once the light turned green as Varela was positioned directly in front of the truck. Though it looks like an accident, the driver of the truck did not stop and drove away.
This hit and run took place on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 just before 9:00 p.m. near 2345 N Blackstone Ave Fresno, CA 93703.
Varela was reported to be homeless at the time of the incident.
Fresno Police is asking anyone who knows any details about this incident as well as of the suspect or vehicle to please call Detective Jeremy Maffei at (559) 621-5058.
HitAndRunJustice.com is offering a $1,000.00 (OneThousand dls.) reward to the first caller who identifies the driver or the vehicle that fatally injured Christopher Varela, 54. In order to qualify for this reward, caller must first contact HitAndRunJustice.com by dialing 1(844) Hit-N-Run / 1(844) 448-6786, and an arrest must take place based on such information. Reward expires on December 31, 2016 or once subject is identified elsewhere.
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