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Hit-and-run in south Sacramento leaves pedestrian dead on Christmas

Jataj Zuniga, 20, was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run and DUI.
Jataj Zuniga, 20, was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run and DUI. - Sacramento Police Department

One person was killed in a hit-and-run crash Monday night near the Florin Road and Freeport Boulevard intersection in south Sacramento.

The pedestrian was found lying unresponsive in the roadway shortly after 9 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene, said Officer Eddie Macaulay of the Sacramento Police Department. Jataj Zuniga, 20, was later arrested after being found in a vehicle suspected to be connected with the hit-and-run.

Zuniga was booked into Sacramento County Main Jail on a felony charge of hit-and-run with death or injury and a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. He remains in jail custody on $75,000 bail ahead of a Dec. 28 court appearance.

Police don’t know whether Zuniga was under the influence when the pedestrian was struck, Macaulay said, since he was arrested a considerable amount of time later. The victim’s identity has yet to be released by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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