The driver suspected of hitting a 12-year-old boy on a skateboard and fleeing the scene May 6 has turned himself over to Glendale police.
Jesse Mendoza, 44, turned himself in May 8 after surveillance camera photos showing his vehicle surfaced, Sgt. John Roth said the following morning.
According to Roth, the 12-year-old boy was riding his skateboard near Camelback Road and 63rd Avenue around 8:45 p.m. May 6 when a black box truck struck him and raced away.
“I was walking down the street when I heard a loud crashing sound,” local resident William Featherton said. “This truck goes racing by me and then I saw this body flying across the street.”
Mendoza fled the scene without stopping or contacting police. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries and is still receiving medical care, according to Roth.
“Once the ambulance arrived, they quickly got to the boy and were helping him,” Featherton said. “It was pretty scary to see a little boy on the street with blood everywhere.”
Police are still investigating the accident, but were able to obtain photos of the suspect’s vehicle via security cameras as it fled the scene. After the photos were circulated throughout the community by police, officers received calls about the truck.
Upon turning himself in, Mendoza told officers he saw the media broadcasts of the photos and decided to hand himself over, Roth said. Officers arrested Mendoza and took custody of his vehicle.
Mendoza was booked into jail on suspicion of failure to stop for an accident involving serious injury, failure to render reasonable assistance to an injured pedestrian, driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license, and tampering with physical evidence.