Police confirmed they have identified a passenger involved in a hit-and-run in the Tower District


Fresno Police confirmed that Jessica Acunia, 23, was arrested in the hit and run that left a man in critical condition after they say she turned herself in Monday night with her attorney, but police say she is now out on bail.

Police also say a passenger in the car involved in hit and run crash that injured John Rodriguez, 36, spoke with police Monday afternoon.

Officers say the man accused of fighting with Rodriguez before the collision, also turned himself in on Monday night.

We’ve also learned more about the Acunia, who police say was driving the car in a hit-and-run in Fresno’s Tower District.

Police say Acunia has a prior DUI conviction and was ordered to have a device, that’s basically a breathalyzer, to unlock any car she gets behind the wheel of.

But police say Acunia did not have that device in the car she was driving on Sunday, when police say she struck Rodriguez.

Just a little more than 24 hours after police were on the hunt searching for these suspects..

three have been identified.

23-year-old Jessica Acunia, a passenger and the man, in the black hoodie with the Nike label, accused of fighting with Rodriguez moments before the collision.

“One of my detectives was contacted by an attorney representing the suspect and they arranged for her to turn herself in,” said Lt. Richard Tucker, Fresno Police Department.

Acunia’s accused of hitting with 36-year-old John Rodriguez with a white 300 Chrysler that police say she was driving on Sunday around 1:45 in the morning.

Police say Acunia was booked on charges but was released on bail.

“We did book her on the felony hit and run charges and we also attached a charge of misdemeanor driving without a interlock device,” Tucker said.

Police say that device is something the court will order in certain cases as part of probation terms if a person is convicted of a DUI, which police say Acunia was. 

They say she’s on probation until 2021.

Police say they don’t know whether Acunia was under the influence or not because they say her attorney instructed Acunia not to give police a statement.

So the question is what does this mean for the alleged suspect?

Our legal analyst weighed in on the possibility of what could happen in Rodriguez does not survive his injuries.

“I would assume that since this driver was ordered to have an interlock device that she perceived that advisement and she’s now in that position if she strikes someone she can be charged with murder,” said Charles Magill, attorney.

Police are looking for the other two people who were in the car with Acunia.

If anyone has information you’re asked to call Fresno Police.

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