The San Jose reported the arrest of two individuals responsible for two hit-and-runs just hours apart in the area of Senter Road in San Jose.
“Traffic Investigations Unit has made an arrest in the fatal hit-and-run collision that occurred on August 17, 2104 at approximately 9:51 P.M. in the area of Senter Road and Balfour Drive” according to Sgt. Heather Randol with the San Jose Police Department. “The suspect was identified as Christopher Uchicua , 25 years old, of San Jose. Suspect Uchicua was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County Jail for felony hit and run on August 20, 2014”.
Last Sunday at approximately 9:51 PM, officers responded to the area of Senter Road and Balfour Drive on a report of a traffic collision. During the initial investigation investigators soon learned that suspect Uchicua had hit 51-year-old Son Hoang Nguyen with his car, and then had fled the scene. Witnesses described seeing Uchicua driving a dark colored sedan when the collision occurred. Investigators believe the victim might have been riding a bicycle when he was struck. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene prior to police arrival and was not located.
The victim was transported at a local area hospital where he was pronounced deceased the next morning. The death of the 51-year-old Nguyen was San Jose’s 11th pedestrian death in 2014.
Another driver, 25-year-old Francisco Esparaza, was also arrested on the same day for felony hit and run resulting in the injury under VC 20001. On Sunday, August 17 when authorities responded to the scene of the accident, Esparza had fled. However, returning to the scene, he was taken into custody and booked by police into the Santa Clara Main Jail later that afternoon.