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Bail denied for suspect in fatal Christmas hit-and-run

Jataj Zuniga, 20.
Jataj Zuniga, 20. Sacramento Police Department

A judge Thursday denied bail to the alleged driver in a Christmas night hit-and-run that left a pedestrian dead in a south Sacramento intersection and prosecutors said more charges could be in store in the fatal collision.

Jataj Zuniga, 20, was arraigned in Sacramento Superior Court on suspicion of felony hit-and-run causing serious injury or death. He will return to court Wednesday.

Prosecutors anticipate additional charges will be filed in the deadly incident in asking bail to be set at $250,000. But Judge Michael Sweet decided instead to have Zuniga held without bail.

Sacramento police were called to the scene near the intersection of Florin Road and Freeport Boulevard about 9 p.m. Monday to find the person unresponsive in the roadway. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene and police later arrested Zuniga in a vehicle that officers said tied him to the death.

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith

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