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Pair accused of felony hit-and-run after passenger left for dead in Elk Grove

Ernesto Bizran-Guzman, left, and Jose Guzman were arrested early Monday on felony hit-and-run charges.
Ernesto Bizran-Guzman, left, and Jose Guzman were arrested early Monday on felony hit-and-run charges. Elk Grove Police Department

Two men were arrested early Monday on felony hit-and-run charges after police said they left a passenger for dead Sunday in Elk Grove.

Ernesto Bizran-Guzman, 23, and Jose Guzman, 19, were booked into Sacramento County Jail. Elk Grove police said Bizran-Guzman was at the wheel of a sport utility vehicle that crashed through a chain-link fence along West Stockton Boulevard in Elk Grove and onto the shoulder of Highway 99 shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday.

Police said Bizran-Guzman and Jose Guzman, a passenger in the vehicle, ran after the crash.

Sacramento County coroner’s officials identified the dead man as Juan Pablo Guzman, 21, of Elk Grove. It is not clear what relationship he had to the arrested men.

Elk Grove police Officer Chris Trim said officers found the black SUV resting on the shoulder of southbound Highway 99, with Juan Guzman nearby showing “obvious signs of trauma.” The SUV was traveling north in the 9300 block of West Stockton Boulevard when it went through the fence, Trim said.

Police believe the crash threw Juan Guzman from the vehicle.

Officers spoke to a man at the scene who claimed that he was the driver, Elk Grove police said. But they later determined that was false and came to believe that Bizran-Guzman was driving, with Jose Guzman also in the vehicle.

The two men were each being held on $75,000 bail, according to the county Sheriff’s Department. They were due to appear in court Tuesday.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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