Trial Of Woodland Hit-And-Run Driver Delayed
Last February Armando Arias Gonzalez, 39, was arrested following an accident in Davis which resulted in the death of an elderly woman driver. He faces a single murder charge as well as charges of felony hit-and-run along with five counts of perjury.
Gonzalez was driving along Covell Boulevard near Baywood Lane in North Davis when he struck the vehicle driven by Ruth D. Morales, 85, of Vacaville. Her car subsequently ran into a roadside tree. Firefighters extricated her from the car using “the jaws of life.” She was transported to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. She died of her injuries there hours later.
In the midst of responding to that emergency, Davis Police officers learned of another collision that had taken place minutes later at the intersection of Covell Boulevard and Pole Line Road a few blocks away. Two people received non-life-threatening injuries in that crash. Upon responding to the second accident, officers discovered Gonzalez attempting to flee that crime scene. The officers determined that Gonzalez also had fled the scene of the first accident in which Ms. Morales’s car was hit and did not aid the then grievously injured woman.
After prosecutors stated they needed more time to prepare their case, Visiting Judge Arvid Johnson rescheduled Gonzalez’s trial for February 23, 2015. Meanwhile he remains lodged without bail in the Yolo County Jail.
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