Reno arrest fatal hit-and-run suspect seeking repairs

November 30, 2018

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reno police arrested a hit-and-run suspect Friday who they say was trying to get his windshield fixed hours after the fatal accident on the edge of downtown.

An employee at a local glass shop who had been alerted by media reports called police when a man arrived Friday morning seeking repairs to the windshield on his car, Sgt. Joe Lever said.

Cruz Ochoa, 26, of Reno has been arrested for suspicion of hit-and-run causing death, hit-and-run failing to render aid, passing a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk and driving without a driver’s license, Lever said.

Ochoa is suspected in the death of a 66-year-old Reno man who was struck and killed shortly after 4 a.m. Friday at the intersection Sixth Street and Wells Avenue. It wasn’t immediately clear if he has a lawyer or will be appointed one.

Investigators believe the victim was walking in a crosswalk but may not have made it across the street before the signal changed.

Witnesses say the suspect’s vehicle did not stop at the scene. The victim’s name has not been released.

Secret Witness announced a $1,500 reward Friday morning for anyone offering information that led to an arrest and successful prosecution

Anyone with additional information should call Reno police at 775-344-2677 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.

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