Man Arrested on Suspicion of DUI Hit-and-Run After Fatal Crash in San Jose

Mercury News reports that a 49-year-old Freemont man has been arrested in connection to his alleged role in a fatal DUI hit-and-run crash in San Jose over the weekend.

In a press release from the California Highway Patrol, authorities say that the crash happened at approximately 10:50 p.m., just north of the Berryessa Road onramp to the northbound lanes of Interstate 680, when a GMC pickup truck rear-ended a Ford Focus at a high rate of speed. 

The collision sent the smaller vehicle across the left-most lane and shoulder and into a concrete barrier in the highway’s median. The force of the impact sent the pickup truck across three lanes of the highway and the shoulder, where it veered off the road and into a grassy field. 

Emergency first responders pronounced the 64-year-old male driver of the Ford dead at the scene. The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office has withheld the identity of the victim pending notification of family members.

CHP officers said that the unidentified driver of the pickup truck was seen fleeing the crash scene on foot. 

The CHP eventually located the driver at his home in Freemont. Officers found strong indications that he had been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the fatal crash. The suspect was arrested on suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run.

Investigators believe that speed and alcohol played a role in the fatal crash.

This is a developing story.

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