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Man sought in crash that killed his grandmother

Valentino Alvarez cries during arraignment in Sacramento hit and run that killed two

Valentino Alverez fled the scene of a south Sacramento auto accident that killed his grandmother, his father's friend and injured his father.
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Valentino Alverez fled the scene of a south Sacramento auto accident that killed his grandmother, his father's friend and injured his father.

Authorities are searching for a man who fled a crash scene Wednesday night, leaving his grandmother and family friend dead and his father badly injured in his vehicle on a rural road in south Sacramento County.

The California Highway Patrol said that about 9:20 p.m. the driver of a big rig turned from westbound Hood-Franklin Road onto southbound Stone Lake Road as the driver of a car traveled eastbound on Hood-Franklin.

The car, driven by Valentino Alvarez, 22, of Sacramento, hit the rear end of the truck’s trailer, causing him to lose control. The car overturned and left the roadway, hitting a fence before coming to rest in a field.

Alvarez did not stay with his car. A CHP officer said that he hitched a ride from a passer-by at the scene back to Hood.

Killed in the crash were Elizabeth Hernandez, 64, of Hood, Alvarez’s grandmother, according to the CHP. Folsom resident Lisa Fitzpatrick, 47, also died.

Alvarez and other family members had come from a gathering Wednesday afternoon in Hood after the death of 91-year-old Ramona Lujan.

Gina Marie Cruz-Kekahuna said her grandmother, Lujan, died at noon Wednesday in her arms. Cruz-Kekahuna called family members to gather after Lujan’s body was taken to a funeral home.

“We just thought we were going to have to bury my grandmother,” Cruz-Kekahuna said. “I had to call Lisa’s children … she died on impact.”

Alvarez’s 44-year-old father lost a hand in the crash, Cruz-Kekahuna said.

In March 2013, Alvarez was charged with felony carjacking, but later pleaded no contest to a lesser misdemeanor charge, according to court documents. A month later, he was charged with felony auto theft, in which he also pleaded no contest.

A misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed dirk or dagger was filed against Alvarez a year later. He pleaded no contest to the charge, court documents show.

Joseph Tabaldo speaks following the arraignment of Valentino Alvarez, 22, of Sacramento, on felony hit-and-run and manslaughter charges in a Sept. 7 wreck in that killed Alvarez's grandmother, Elizabeth Hernandez, 64, of Hood and Tabaldo's sister,

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews. The Bee’s Nashelly Chavez contributed to this report.

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