Crime

Fresno man killed in hit-and-run. This is how police found the suspected driver

A man riding a skateboard died Saturday in east-central Fresno after he was struck by a vehicle that left the scene, the Fresno Police Department reported.

Investigators on Sunday identified the driver as 56-year-old Susan Chenot. She was arrested at her home and booked into the Fresno County jail on suspicion of felony hit-and-run resulting in death, vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence and possession of a controlled substance.

Police did not provide details on the suspected controlled substance.

The victim was identified Monday by the Fresno County Coroner’s Office as Michael Sampedro, 31, of Fresno.

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Susan Chenot, 56, of Fresno. Fresno Police Department

The crash was reported one minute before midnight. Police said Sampedro was riding a skateboard east on Ashlan Avenue near Cedar Avenue when Chenot struck him with her vehicle, a blue PT Cruiser. He died at the scene.

A witness reported the vehicle’s license plate number to police. Officers tracked the vehicle to Chenot’s home in northwest Fresno where police said she admitted her role in the collision.

Ashleigh Panoo: 559-441-6010, @AshleighPanoo
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