Hanford man charged in hit-and-run death of pedestrian

The Fresno BeeJune 24, 2014 

A Hanford man has been charged in the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian last year, the California Highway Patrol said Tuesday.

Ronald Spanke, 54, of Hanford, was charged Tuesday in Kings County Superior Court on one count of felony hit and run. The arraignment was continued to Friday. Bail was $50,000.

Spanke was already in custody in the Kings County jail on unrelated charges.

On Aug. 11, 2013 at 4:58 a.m., Matthew Flores, 22, of Coalinga, was walking across 10th Avenue just north of Home Avenue, in the Home Garden area south of Hanford, when he was struck by a Dodge pickup truck heading north.

The driver fled, the CHP said.

A investigation by the CHP and the Kings County District Attorney's Office showed that Spanke was the driver of the 1999 Dodge Ram pickup, CHP Officer Adam Barresi said.

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