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Tips lead to arrest in fatal hit-and-run of man in wheelchair

Tips lead to arrest in fatal hit-and-run of man in wheelchair
Manuel Gonzalez, 40, was hit while crossing the street in his wheelchair and was dragged 100 feet. He later died from his injuries. (Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles police have arrested the driver of a Cadillac SUV on suspicion of striking a man using a wheelchair last month in Pacoima, dragging him 100 feet and then fleeing the scene after his body was dislodged.

The victim, 40-year-old Manuel Gonzalez, was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

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Detectives got a break in the case thanks to anonymous tips from the public that led to the arrest of Tatiana Cacho, 24, of Pacoima, police said. Christian Olvera, 23, of North Hollywood, was also arrested on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact.

Cacho was allegedly behind the wheel about 8 p.m. on Sept. 26 when her 2005 Cadillac SRX struck Gonzalez as he crossed Terra Bella Street east of Cayuga Avenue, police said.

After the crash, officials released a description of the vehicle which led to tips from the public and, eventually, to the pair being arrested Monday, according to the LAPD.

Cacho was booked on felony hit-and-run and is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. Olvera was booked as an accessory and is in custody in lieu of $25,000 bail.

The Cadillac was impounded as evidence, police said.

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