Police: Driver in fatal Madras hit-and-run arrested in Los Angeles County; victim identified

A semi-truck driver making his scheduled delivery Wednesday in Los Angeles County was arrested for killing a pedestrian crossing Highway 97 in Madras a night earlier, according to police.

Jose Manuel Bernal-Mendoza, 47, was charged with second-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide among other charges. He was arrested by members of the Azusa Police Department and the truck was seized.

Police believe Bernal-Mendoza struck and killed 59-year-old Anthony Shadley as he crossed Highway 97 near NE Cypress around 7 p.m. Tuesday night.

According to Madras Police Detective Sgt. Steve Webb, police were looking for a newer model Volvo semi with damage to the right passenger side they believed to be involved in the crash.

“When the crash occurred, parts of the suspect vehicle were located. With these parts, officers have been able to determine the suspect vehicle is a 2018 Volvo VNL series tractor and based on surveillance video being reviewed the trailer is a van type trailer,” Webb said. “Items recovered on scene confirm that damage is to the passenger side of the tractor on the front and right side. This damage includes a missing chrome trim molding piece from the center bumper on the right side, and damage to the right-side hood vent.”

Webb said it appears the Shadley was walking to the warming shelter located about a quarter mile east of the crash location.

The crash is still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this crash is encouraged to immediately call Frontier Dispatch at 541-475-2201.

Tuesday’s crash is about a block south of a similar crash Monday night that resulted in serious injuries to a 55-year-old man crossing the highway, also on his way to the warming shelter. That victim was still in the hospital on Tuesday.

The driver in that crash was cooperating with police and alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the pedestrian crossing the street in front of the car, police said.

 

 

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