Juvenile, 16, Arrested for Alleged DUI and Hit-and-Run in Fresno; Mother Arrested as Accessory
Above: Yesenia Renteria booking photo
Courtesy of Fresno PD
A 16-year-old juvenile has reportedly been arrested for allegedly driving under the influence and hit-and-run resulting in injuries to multiple students at a bus stop in Fresno. His mother has also been arrested as an accessory after the fact, police said.
According to a press release by the Fresno Police Department, officers from the Southeast Policing District responded to a reported accident at the bus stop located at Cedar Avenue and Tulare Avenue on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 6. Preliminary reports indicated that a vehicle, allegedly driven recklessly, collided with the bus stop where a group of students had been waiting. This collision resulted in injuries to 11 students, aged between 14 and 17 years.
The driver of the vehicle, later identified as a 16-year-old male juvenile, was reportedly seen fleeing the scene immediately following the accident. Members of the community pursued the fleeing suspect, providing the police department with real-time updates on his whereabouts.
The suspect was later observed entering a white vehicle occupied by two females. Undercover officers quickly located this vehicle and monitored it until marked patrol units were able to conduct a traffic stop. Upon stopping the vehicle, officers apprehended the juvenile suspect, along with his sister and his 36-year-old mother, identified as Yesenia Renteria.
The 16-year-old juvenile suspect was taken into custody on charges of felony hit-and-run and felony DUI. Yesenia Renteria was arrested and booked into Fresno County jail on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact, following interviews with witnesses and the examination of surveillance camera footage.
Due to his age, the identity of the juvenile has not been disclosed. It was unclear at press time whether he or Yesenia Renteria had retained an attorney.
All persons arrested on suspicion of a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.