Sanger Police Officer Injured by Hit and Run Driver

On July 28, 2018, at approximately 0054 hours, the Fresno Communications Center (FCC) broadcast a call of a hit and run traffic collision,  with injuries, involving a Sanger Police Department patrol vehicle. Officers from the California Highway Patrol Fresno Area responded to
Preliminary investigation revealed that an on-duty Sanger Police Officer was in their patrol vehicle and traveling westbound on North Avenue approaching a green light at the intersection of Academy Avenue. Mr. Lopezcruz was driving a Nissan sedan northbound on Academy Avenue approaching a red light at the intersection of North Avenue. Mr. Lopezcruz failed to stop for the red light and entered the intersection causing the front of the Nissan to broadside the left rear of the patrol vehicle. The patrol vehicle came to a rest in north parking lot of North Ave west of Academy Ave. The Sanger Police Officer, injured, remained in his vehicle waiting for emergency services to arrive. The Nissan came to rest in the parking lot of 1721 Academy Ave which is located on the west edge of Academy and north of North Ave. Immediately after the collision, Lopezcruz fled the scene in a northwesterly direction. Investigating officers responded to the registered owner’s address where they located the driver. Mr. Lopezcruz was determined to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested for felony driving under the influence of alcohol and felony hit and run. Mr. Lopezcruz was transported to Community Regional Medical Center for medical clearance and was subsequently booked in the county jail. The officer was transported to Clovis Community Hospital.

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