Castro Valley

Suspect Surrenders in Fatal Hit-and-Run of Girl in Castro Valley: CHP

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The suspect in a hit-and-run that killed a 12-year-old girl Monday afternoon in Castro Valley surrendered at the CHP office Tuesday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The victim has been identified as Lana Carlos, the CHP said Tuesday.

"She was very special," Lisa Calcote, Carlos' aunt, said. "Sweet, sweet, sweet little angel. She loved everybody and she touched everyone's life."

Suspect and victim in hit and run.
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Castro Valley hit-and-run suspect Joshua Byrne is taken from CHP offices. He faces vehicular manslaughter charge in the death of 12-year-old Lana Carlos (inset). (Feb. 25, 2020)

The suspect, identified as 24-year-old Hayward resident Joshua Byrne, surrendered at about 8 a.m. Tuesday. He was booked on felony charges of hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter, the CHP said.

Byrne was later released after posting a $75,000 bail.

The collision was reported around 4 p.m. Monday in the area of Crow Canyon and Manter roads.

Police said a man driving a lifted black Ford F-150 pickup truck struck the girl and fled the scene on Crow Canyon Road heading toward Interstate 580.

CHP officers reveal a photo of the car they suspect was involved in the fatal hit-and-run in Castro Valley.

Officials say the girl and her sister were coming home from school and were within sight of their home when a pickup truck turned left onto Crow Canyon Road.

Surveillance video caught the crash and the aftermath.

"After colliding with a 12-year-old, the suspect stopped, looked back and immediately fled," CHP Officer Gabe Walters said.

The intersection has been a problem, according to neighbors.

"They’re always late for something, you’re just driving too fast, you’re just not paying attention, and you don’t know there are kids walking around," neighbor Anne Ponugoty said.

People have been dropping off flowers and teddy bears at the scene of the collision. One man even put up a sign encouraging drivers to watch out for children.

"Get off your phones and look where you're driving," Calcote said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police at 510-582-9028 or 911 to report it.

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