A hit-and-run driver is in custody after reportedly striking a 12-year-old boy who was skateboarding in Glendale.
Glendale police said that Jesse Mendoza, 44, turned himself in Wednesday night after seeing broadcast photos of his work vehicle in relation to the hit and run Monday night near 63rd Avenue and Camelback Road.
During the investigation, Glendale police obtained photos of the suspect vehicle as it left the area of the collision. In partnership with Silent Witness, photos of the truck were circulated throughout the community and media channels.
On Wednesday evening, Mr. Mendoza saw the photos and contacted police to turn himself in as the driver, a release states.
Mr. Mendoza was booked on multiple charges to include failure to stop for an accident involving serious injury, failure to render reasonable assistance to an injured pedestrian, driving on a suspended/revoked driver’s license and tampering with physical evidence.
Court documents released Friday morning indicate Mr. Mendoza told police he tried to get his windshield repaired after his employer asked him about the damage. He claimed someone may have thrown something at his vehicle when the collision occurred and denied seeing the boy in the roadway. That despite witness dash camera video showing the boy in the roadway with a witness vehicle’s headlights illuminating his body.
The 12-year-old is still in serious condition at the hospital as he continues to receive ongoing medical treatment, police said.
The boy’s aunt spoke at Mr. Mendoza’s initial court appearance, describing the state her nephew at the scene of the collision and at the hospital.
Mr. Mendoza was jailed in lieu of a $100,000 bond. His next court appearances are May 16 and 20.
Glendale police said before 9 p.m. Monday, a 12-year-old boy was riding his skateboard in the area of 63rd Avenue and Camelback Road when a vehicle traveling southbound struck him in the roadway.
The boy has life-threatening injuries and is still receiving medical care, Glendale police said Wednesday.
The driver left the area without stopping to help or call 911.
The vehicle involved in the collision was described as a dark box truck having a white rear cargo door with a logo resembling a “1” and an “American flag”.
Anyone with information on this case can call Glendale police at 623-930-3000 or Silent Witness at 480-948-6377.