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Suspect in Fatal San Jose Hit-and-Run Turns Himself In

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    San Jose police arrested Pedro Cortez Bernal, 29, of San Jose after a pedestrian was killed in an apparent hit-and-run. (Published Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015)

    A man has been arrested in connection to a fatal hit-and-run that occurred Tuesday after he turned himself in, San Jose police said.

    The suspect has been identified as Pedro Cortez Bernal, a 29-year-old city resident, according to a department statement.

    Police said that officers responded to the vicinity of North White Road and Florence Avenue at about 7 a.m. Tuesday on reports of a pedestrian being mowed down by a car. Officers found a badly injured man, who has not been identified, lying on the road.

    Police said he was pronounced deceased by medical personnel soon thereafter.

    Investigators learned that Bernal was driving a white Ford pick-up truck – with black rims, tinted windows and a loud exhaust – northbound on North White Road when the collision occurred. The suspect fled the scene after hitting the man, police said.

    Officers located Bernal’s truck near North Capitol and Alum Rock avenues during a routine patrol Wednesday, police said. The vehicle, which was unoccupied at the time, was towed and stored as evidence.

    Later the same day, Bernal went to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and turned himself in. After taking custody of the suspect, San Jose police charged him with felony hit-and-run and booked him into the Santa Clara County Jail, police said.

    People with information about the collision are asked to call the San Jose Police Department's Traffic Investigation Unit at 408-277-4654. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 408-947-7867 or submit a tip online.

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