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.
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
|Name:||CHENOT, MATTHEW HIRAM||PersonID:||7094658||BookingNo:||1914148|
|A R R E S T|
Arresting Agency: FRESNO PD
Housing Location: NJ, 02, 0E
|C H A R G E S|
|Charges Description Bail AmountAuthority Case No.Level|
HIT-RUN RESULT in DEATH INJ5,000.00
OPEN FelonyY VC23153A
INTOXICATED DRIVER, CAUSING INJURY/DEATH TO OTHER THAN SELF
OPEN FelonyY VC23153BDRIVER WITH .08% ALCOHOL, CAUSING DEATH/INJURY13,500.00OPEN FelonyY PC191 5A
GROSS VEH MANSLAUGHTER WHILE INTOXICATED 75,000.00 OPEN FelonyY