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Arrest made in fatal hit and run near Incline Village

Manuel Mejia-Verduzco
Manuel Mejia-Verduzco Nevada Highway Patrol

A driver who fled the scene of a fatal accident near Incline Village, Nev., on New Year’s Day was identified, found and arrested the following day.

Nevada Highway Patrol investigators found Manuel Mejia-Verduzco, 34, Friday at his Incline Village apartment after learning he had been seen shortly before the accident with Hugo Soto-Barrios, also an Incline Village resident.

Soto-Barrios, 40, died at a Reno hospital after being injured when the Isuzu SUV Mejia-Verduzco was driving allegedly crossed the center line and struck an oncoming Jeep on Highway 431, the Mount Rose Highway, about five miles east of Incline Village.

The driver of the Jeep and two passengers were also taken to Reno hospitals after the 6 p.m. accident.

The driver was released the following morning and the passengers are in serious condition, but are recovering from their injuries, according to a NHP news release.

Mejia-Verduzco was found by Trooper Karen Garretson and another NHP investigator hiding in his apartment bathroom suffering from a broken left arm and broken left leg.

After being treated for his injuries, he was booked at the Washoe County Detention Center on suspicion of driving left of center, hit and run causing one death and three injuries, failure to give aid and information and not possessing a driver’s license.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information related to it is asked to contact Garretson at (775) 689-4625 or regarding case number NHP-150100100.