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Man arrested in hit-and-run of jogger near Mile Square Regional Park; victim identified

Man arrested in hit-and-run of jogger near Mile Square Regional Park; victim identified
John Motesharrei, 39, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter, according to police. (Courtesy of Fountain Valley Police Department)

A 39-year-old man was arrested Thursday in connection with the fatal hit-and-run of a jogger near Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley Wednesday night, police said.

Fountain Valley police were called to a traffic collision along Brookhurst Street between Warner and Heil avenues about 9 p.m. Wednesday, said Sgt. Kham Vang.

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Officers found a man in the northbound section of the road near the right shoulder. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Vang said.

Orange County Coroner officials identified the jogger as Juan Ramirez Garcia, 48, of Santa Ana.

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Witnesses told officers that a light-colored Ford SUV struck Garcia and fled the scene, Vang said.

Just before noon Thursday, investigating officers went to the 10000 block of San Angelo Avenue in Westminster where they found a white Ford SUV they suspected was involved in the collision, according to police.

Police interviewed the vehicle's registered owner. Based on the investigation, officers arrested John Motesharrei on suspicion of hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter, according to police. His city of residence was not provided.

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call the police Traffic Bureau at (714) 593-4487.

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