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Man arrested in hit-and-run; 12-year-old skateboarder struck

Posted at 11:17 AM, May 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-09 14:17:43-04

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Glendale police say a Phoenix man has surrendered and been arrested in a hit-and-run in which a 12-year-old skateboarder was seriously injured when hit by a box truck.

Police say 44-year-old Jesse Mendoza was arrested 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.

The boy struck Monday evening by a truck that left the scene remains hospitalized.

Police say Mendoza contacted police Wednesday evening after seeing television news reports showing photos of the truck as it leave the scene.

Court records don't indicate whether Mendoza has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.