Police arrest suspect in Madera hit-and-run that left 15-year-old girl fighting for her life


An arrest has been made in a June 14 hit and run that happened in Madera. 

15-year-old Jenny Aguilar was on a jog when she was struck by a car. Madera Police say 27-year-old Paul Cano of Fresno was behind the wheel of the car that hit Aguilar.

We spoke with Aguilar’s brother on Monday. He says the progress is slow but says this weekend she finally made some movements. 

As for the alleged suspect, he is out on $10,000 bail and the family is not happy about it because they say they do not want this happening to anyone else.

It’s been a little more than a week that 15-year-old Jenny Aguilar was left for dead, after being struck by what police described as a black Hyundai sedan, while out on a jog, near Monterrey and Olive Avenues, in Madera.

“We got relieved yesterday as my sister was finally having a bit of movement, she was finally trying to communicate with us which is a very good sign,” says Eriberto Aguilar, Jenny’s older brother.

Another good sign, Aguilar’s older brother, Eriberto Aguilar says is that a suspect has been arrested.

“We feel tons of more relief knowing that other people are out there praying and they helped catch this guy,” he says.

That guy, Madera Police say is 27-year-old Paul Cano.

Police say a citizen recognized a sign on the car door in this surveillance video as being connected to Valley Family Fitness in Fresno.

Detectives say that is where they arrested Cano on Friday. 

“He’s had different stories but he did take responsibility saying he was the driver at the time of the accident,” says Sgt. Mark Trukki with Madera Police Department.

Cano is facing felony hit and run charges.

Police say Cano told them he was looking down at the radio and thought he hit a pole. But police say there isn’t one where the teen was struck.

“In one of the videos you could clearly see the driver of the Hyundai exit his vehicle and check the front of it,” Trukki says.

Aguilar is still in critical care. Her brother says while they made be able to forgive one day, he says he does not believe Cano is remorseful.

“If he was really sorry, he would have turned himself in the day that it happened, instead he was living his happy life for 4, 7 8 more days, it’s like he didn’t care,” says Aguilar’s brother.

Police say Cano wrote a letter to the teen’s family. The family says they have not received it.

Investigators say they are obtaining a search warrant to check Cano’s phone records to see if he was on it when the teen was hit.

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