After the release of a suspect, Fresno police are seeking additional information about a hit-and-run collision Jan. 22 that left a boy injured in southwest Fresno.
Nine-year-old Deshaun Mitchell was hailed as a hero for pushing his brother younger brother out of the way of the vehicle. Deshaun suffered a broken leg.
The hit-and-run happened at 6:35 p.m. at California and Pottle avenues. Sgt. Mark Hudson said police initially received a Crime Stoppers tip identifying the driver as possibly being Danny McClain, 28, of Sanger. Detectives learned that McClain had access to a vehicle that matched the description and was parked at his home. Two witnesses positively identified McClain’s vehicle because it had special rims like those of the vehicle involved in the crash. Officers went to the home and spotted a scuff mark on the left front fender consistent with witness statements.
Police said McClain, who was on felony probation, was in possession of rock cocaine and methamphetamine for sale. He was arrested Feb. 11 and was bound over for trial May 18 over the protests of his family, friends and lawyer who said McClain was at a party at the time of the hit-and-run.
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The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office dismissed the hit-and-run charges Monday because it was determined there was not enough evidence to prove that McClain was responsible for the crash. Police are seeking the public’s assistance regarding the investigation. Anyone with additional information regarding the collision is asked to call Detective Brandon Lyon at 559-621-6132 or Crime Stoppers at 888-498-7867. All tips remain anonymous.