CALIFORNIA: Ram Bhatia run down and killed by DUI hit and run driver Matthew Chenot

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FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) –A 70-year-old man was hit and killed Thursday by a driver who is accused of being drunk and driving away from the collision.

Family members say Ram Bhatia was out for his nightly walk near Friant Road and Copper River Road when a black BMW slammed into him at 6:24 pm.

In a Friday news conference, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said 25-year old Matthew Chenot has been arrested for the crime.

Dyer said when detectives arrived, they found a piece of weatherstripping at the crash site and that evidence helped them determine a BMW caused the crash.

Matthew Hiram Chenot DUI hit and run fatal Fresno Police,, booked in Fresno County Sheriff jail Feb. 22, 2019

At about the same time, 12 minutes after the collision was first reported, Fresno Police received a call from Chenot saying his black BMW sedan stolen from the Applebees at the corner of Fresno and Friant, about three miles away from the crash site. MORE

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Name:CHENOT, MATTHEW HIRAMPersonID:7094658BookingNo:1914148
Sex:MALEDOB:02/15/1994Hair:BROWNHeight:6′ 2”
Race:HISPANICAge:25Eyes:BROWeight:220
A R R E S T
Arrest Date:
02/21/2019
Book Date:02/22/2019
Arresting Agency: FRESNO PD
Arrest Time:22:30
BookTime:01:17
Housing Location: NJ, 02, 0E
AgencyCase:19012662-3
C H A R G E S
Charges Description Bail AmountAuthority Case No.Level
Court Bailout
Sentence Date
Sentence Days
Release Date
VC20001A
HIT-RUN RESULT in DEATH INJ5,000.00
OPEN FelonyY   VC23153A
INTOXICATED DRIVER, CAUSING INJURY/DEATH TO OTHER THAN SELF
13,500.00
OPEN FelonyY   VC23153BDRIVER WITH .08% ALCOHOL, CAUSING DEATH/INJURY13,500.00OPEN FelonyY   PC191 5A
GROSS VEH MANSLAUGHTER WHILE INTOXICATED 75,000.00 OPEN FelonyY  
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