Authorities have arrested a man at a Sacramento hospital on vehicular manslaughter charges 24 hours after he allegedly fled a crash scene in which his grandmother and a family friend died in south Sacramento County.
Valentino Angelo Alvarez, 22, of Sacramento was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of committing two counts of felony vehicular manslaughter, three counts of hit-and-run and driving without a license.
The California Highway Patrol said in a statement that officers were tipped that Alvarez was seeking treatment Thursday night at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, South Sacramento. Officers went to the hospital and arrested Alvarez at 9:13 p.m. Thursday without a struggle.
He was booked early Friday into Sacramento County jail in lieu of $750,000 bail, according to county Sheriff’s Department records.
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The CHP said that around 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, the driver of a big rig turned from westbound Hood-Franklin Road onto southbound Stone Lake Road as Alvarez drove his car eastbound on Hood-Franklin.
Alvarez’s car 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.
A CHP officer said that Alvarez then got a ride from a passer-by at the scene back to Hood. Officers began to look for him before finally being told that he was at the hospital, with his face showing abrasions.
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’s 44-year-old father was injured in the crash and lost a hand, according to Gina Marie Cruz-Kekahuna, a relative.
Alvarez and other family members had come from a gathering Wednesday afternoon in Hood after the death of 91-year-old Ramona Lujan.
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, to 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.