Jesse Covarrubias booking photo
SANTA CRUZ — Police have arrested 26-year-old Jesse Covarrubias of Rancho Cucamonga for his role in the hit-and-run incident that killed 20-year-old college student Alexandria Arceneaux the night before Halloween.
In the early morning hours of Sunday, October 30th, police responded to a report of a vehicle which had collided with a pedestrian just south of the railroad tracks on southbound Highway 1. The vehicle was described as a silver Honda CRV which had fled the scene without stopping.
The victim, Alexandria Arceneaux, was taken to a Bay Area trauma center in critical condition. Unfortunately, on November 5th, she passed away. Her family had not left her side since the day she was struck.
After an extensive investigation, during which authorities consulted a local automobile expert, it was determined that the culprit’s vehicle was likely a 2010-2012 model with notable damage to the passenger side front bumper. The suspect, identified as Jesse Covarrubias, soon surrendered to the county jail and confessed his responsibility for the collision.
When investigators attempted an interview, he became uncooperative and refused to give a statement. Covarrubias was formally arrested and charged with felony hit-and-run, with bail set at $10,000. The vehicle was eventually located in Boulder Creek in a turnout near Junction Park.
Alexandria’s family has expressed their gratitude for the outpouring of support from their community.