OAKLAND -- A 37-year-old man police said fled after the borrowed truck he was driving fatally injured a Pittsburg man pushing a disabled SUV on Friday night will be arraigned Tuesday.
Celso Lopez, of Oakland, was arrested late Friday night after investigators determined who he borrowed the truck from and where he was living. He was arrested at his home in East Oakland; police said they found him hiding behind a garbage bin.
He was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, hit-and-run causing death or injury and driving under the influence. Prosecutors will determine on Tuesday what his formal charges will be.
Lopez is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail at Santa Rita Jail. He also had an immigration hold placed on him.
Lopez is suspected of driving a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado truck he had borrowed from someone else that ran into Jose Antonio Durante, 39. Durante and another man were pushing a Toyota Highlander SUV that had run out of gas about 7:45 p.m. Friday in the 2200 block of International Boulevard.
Traffic Officer Tim Dolan said Durante and the man helping him push the SUV had just left a nearby event, possibly at a church, and did not know the SUV owner. "He was a good Samaritan," Dolan said.
The man helping Durante push the SUV, and the owner who was inside the vehicle steering, were not hurt. Durante died at Highland Hospital at 10:07 p.m. Friday.
Police said Lopez abandoned the truck and fled on foot. He was arrested about 11:45 p.m. Friday at his home.
Dolan said Lopez admitted to investigators he had been drinking and using methamphetamines before hitting Durante and that he knew he had struck someone but fled anyway.