Fatal hit-and-run crashes probed in Richmond, Hayward

Hayward police say a man lied when he claimed that a pedestrian was hit by another driver.

Here's the Rap Sheet for Jan. 29, 2016:

ARREST IN FATAL HAYWARD HIT-AND-RUN: Hayward police today arrested a suspect a fatal hit-and-run crash in which he claimed that a different driver had killed the victim, authorities said.

Elias Ladnay, 45, of Newark is being held on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter in connection with the Dec. 28 crash that killed 65-year-old Aurora Bermudez.

Bermudez was crossing Hesperian Boulevard at Tahoe Avenue in a marked, lighted crosswalk when she was hit by Ladnay's vehicle about 7 p.m. Dec. 28, police said.

Ladnay told police that a different vehicle had hit Bermudez and that he was the second driver to hit her, said Hayward police Sgt. Jason Corsolini.

Ladnay said he confronted the other driver and that the occupants returned to their car and fled the scene, authorities said.

The suspect "even went on to provide a specific vehicle and occupant description," Corsolini said.

Investigators eventually determined that Ladnay was the only driver to hit Bermudez and that no other cars were involved. He was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, police said.

RICHMOND HIT-AND-RUN SUSPECT AT LARGE: A man died in a hit-and-run crash in Richmond early today, police said.

Officers were called to investigate reports of a serious crash at Solano Avenue and Ventura Street at about 12:10 a.m., said Richmond police Lt. Andre Hill.

Police found Anthony Tonti, 77, of Walnut Creek, unresponsive behind the wheel of a 2011 Ford Fusion, Hill said. He died shortly thereafter.

Officers found the second vehicle, a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup truck, at the scene, but the driver had fled.

Police determined that the pickup driver didn't stop at a stop sign while speeding south on Ventura before crashing into Tonti.

The driver fled west on Solano Avenue on foot. He is described as a Latino man in his 30s with a bald head, wearing a black jacket. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Richmond police traffic Officer Jonathan Platzner at (510) 621-1587.

MAN ANNOYING REDWOOD CITY STUDENTS: Police say the same man may be responsible for three incidents in which he harassed students on their way to and from school.

He is a white or Latino man  in his 30’s, with dark hair and a mustache, driving a small blue four-door car.

The first incident happened about 9:30 a.m. Jan. 1, when a a man drove up to a 15 year-old boy walking to school near Red Morton Park and asked for directions. The man offered the boy a ride and then drove away when the teen declined.

About 6 p.m. Jan. 27, a 15 year-old girl was leaving the Sequoia High School campus when a man drove up to her and asked for directions before offering her a ride. She said no, and he drove off.

The next day at about 8:45 a.m., a 15-year-old girl walking to school near Vera Avenue and Sapphire Street was stopped by a man in a car who also asked for directions, offered her a ride and then drove off when she refused.

Redwood City police are encouraging parents to go over safety procedures with their children and to remind them never to get into a stranger's car.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to call Detective Joe O’Gorman at (650) 780-7147.

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