Man struck by hit-and-run driver, pushes daughter to safety in Fresno

The Fresno BeeJune 16, 2014 

Miguel Flores turned himself in to Fresno Police Department Headquarters on Monday, June 16, 2014, in the June 15, 2014, hit and run of a pedestrian at Jensen Avenue and Willow Avenue.


A 48-year-old man was in critical condition after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver as he shoved his teenage daughter out of the speeding truck's path, Fresno police reported.

The collision took place at Jensen and Willow avenues about 11:30 p.m. Sunday. A witness told officers the GMC pickup truck was speeding west on Jensen Avenue, running red lights and weaving from lane to lane as it approached Willow Avenue.

The pickup reportedly ran a light at Willow Avenue and struck a sedan and the man, who pushed his daughter to safety. The pickup driver then drove over the center divider and into a field, where the truck became stuck on a curb. The driver then ran.

On Monday, the driver, Miguel Flores, 31, turned himself in to Fresno police. He was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run with gross negligence, police said.

The man hit by the truck was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center, where he was being treated for numerous fractures and head trauma, police said. He is expected to survive.

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