Chula Vista hit-and-run suspect arrested

CHULA VISTA (CNS) – A young man was behind bars Monday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in Chula Vista on Christmas.

Angel Gutierrez, 23, allegedly struck a 54-year-old woman crossing the 1200 block of Third Avenue about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, according to Chula Vista police Lt. Eric Thunberg.

A witness provided police with a partial license on the white Pontiac sedan that struck the woman, and police found it abandoned in the 200 block of Moss Street about an hour later, he said.

Investigators went to the registered owner's address, questioned Gutierrez's relatives, then picked him up about 2:40 a.m. Sunday outside his home in the 300 block of Date Street.

Gutierrez initially told police he was not driving and had loaned his car to a “homeboy,” Thunberg said.

The name of the fatally struck woman was being withheld. Police said she was believed to be a transient.

Gutierrez was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter. Results of a blood-alcohol test were not made available.

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