Passenger flees DUI crash, is struck and killed

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Here's the Rap Sheet for Feb. 22, 2016:

MAN IS KILLED AFTER FLEEING DUI CRASH:  A passenger fled the scene of a DUI crash on a San Jose freeway, only to be struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver minutes later, authorities said today.

The victim was identified by the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office as Ronald Diaz, 20, of San Jose.

The incident began at 3:55 a.m. Sunday when California Highway Patrol dispatchers received word of an overturned 1997 Honda Passport on the transition ramp from northbound Interstate 280 to southbound Highway 87, said CHP Officer Ross Lee.

Officers determined that the driver, Izabell Fernandez, 19, of Santa Clara and her six passengers had fled the scene on foot, Lee said. 

CHP officers detained four of the passengers near the bottom of the ramp, Lee said. 

San Jose police found Fernandez and a fifth passenger on a nearby city street. 

Fernandez was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and hit-and-run, both felonies, authorities said. Her bail was set at $35,000.

Four of Fernandez's passengers were taken to hospitals for minor injuries, while a fifth, Patrick Segovia, 27, of San Jose was booked for public intoxication.

After the crash, Diaz began walking north on Highway 87, Lee said.

He was hit by a car near Santa Clara Street, and the impact knocked him onto an adjacent ramp leading to Santa Clara Street. That driver did not stop and is being sought, authorities said.

STONERIDGE MALL HOLDUPS A 63-year-old woman suffered minor injuries during an armed robbery in the parking lot of the Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton, a day after a similar holdup committed by the same assailants, police said today.

The latest incident happened shortly before 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

The victim was standing near her car when she was approached by three men. One of them grabbed her purse while a second pulled out a rifle or shotgun, police said.

The woman fell to the ground at one point, and one of the men kicked her in the back before fleeing with her purse. The victim suffered minor injuries but didn't need to go to the hospital.

The robbers fled in a cream-colored Mercedes SUV. Witnesses saw vehicle get onto westbound Interstate 580.

About 8 p.m. Saturday, a 17-year-old Danville girl was with friends in the parking lot near P.F. Chang's China Bistro when an SUV pulled up with three men inside. One of the men came up to her and grabbed her purse. During a struggle, she was hit in the face and pushed to the ground.

One of the girl's friends gave police a description of the attacker, and police released a sketch of him today.

Police said they believed the two holdups are related. Officers have stepped up patrols in the area. The mall is also patrolled by mall security officers, some of whom ride through the parking lot on Segway-type scooters.


An alleged member of the Aryan Brotherhood who was a fugitive wanted in Texas was arrested today in Windsor, Sonoma County sheriff's officials said.

Windsor officers, who are deputies assigned to the town under contract, went to the Hampton Inn about 9:45 a.m. to search for 45-year-old Paul Rasco, was who wanted for two felony assault warrants out of Texas, said sheriff's Sgt. Cecile Focha. 

The officers, along with other deputies and a K-9 unit, set up a perimeter around the inn and made sure rooms on both sides of the suspect's room were unoccupied, Focha said.

They made a phone call inside the suspect's room, and he stepped out and was arrested without incident, Focha said. He is awaiting extradition to Texas.

"Business in the hotel continued uninterrupted while the event unfolded," Focha said. "The management and staff were completely cooperative. We are grateful for the successful outcome – a wanted criminal is behind bars and the citizens of Windsor are safe."

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