Woman arrested in Tower District hit-and-run

Crime
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A Fresno woman was arrested Monday in connection to a hit-and-run in the Tower District.

On Sunday at 1:44 a.m., officers responded to Olive at Broadway avenues after a vehicle struck a pedestrian.

Officers found a male victim lying on Olive Avenue seriously injured.

He was unresponsive and turning blue when EMS arrived. He was transported to Community Regional Medical Center in critical condition where he was treated for a skull fracture, a fractured vertebra, and other serious injuries.  

According to witnesses, he was walking on Olive Avenue when he got into an argument with a passing male subject. The suspect shoved the victim from the sidewalk into the street, causing him to stumble into the roadway where he was struck by a passing white four door sedan, police said.

Immediately after striking him, the sedan accelerated west on Olive Avenue fleeing the scene.   

On Monday night, the driver in the vehicle that police say struck the victim was identified, and the vehicle was recovered.

The driver was identified as Jessica Acunia, 23, police said.

The Chrysler 300 that police say Acunia was driving was located in the 1700 block of south Channing Avenue.

After recovering the vehicle, Acunia’s attorney contacted detectives and arranged to have Acunia turn herself in, police said.

Acunia was booked into the Fresno County Jail on charges of felony hit-and-run and failure to have a court ordered ignition interlock device in the vehicle, police said.

The passengers in the vehicle were still unidentified and are being sought.

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