Witness Stops Man Fleeing Fatal Crash Scene: Dallas Police - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Witness Stops Man Fleeing Fatal Crash Scene: Dallas Police

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    Dallas police say they arrested 47-year-old Juan Carlos Velasquez (inset) Sunday, who was restrained when trying to flee the scene of a fatal hit-and-run crash.

    Police said a witness chased and restrained a driver who tried to flee the scene of a fatal hit-and-run crash in Dallas Sunday night.

    Dallas police said 47-year-old Juan Carlos Velasquez was standing outside his 2010 GMC SUV that was parked in the 3200 Dawes Drive at about 8 p.m. A witness said Velasquez began acting suspiciously.

    Velasquez then entered the SUV and started driving in reverse at a high rate of speed, according to police. Witnesses said the vehicle then began spinning and struck a pedestrian — later identified as 24-year-old Maricruz Gonzalez-Cortes — who was walking across the street.

    Witnesses said Velasquez exited his vehicle, saw Gonzalez-Cortes under his vehicle and then ran.

    Police said a witness ran after Velasquez, caught him and held him until police arrived.

    Gonzalez-Cortes was later pronounced deceased.

    Juan Carlos Velasquez was placed under arrest and charged with failure to stop and render aid causing death.