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Joseph Arroya Arrested Hit-and-run Death of Redlands Crossing Guard Leonard Ortiz

 Joseph Arroya Arrested for Hit-and-run of Redlands Crossing Guard Leonard OrtizSuspect Arrested for Hit-and-run Crash Killing Popular Redlands Crossing Guard

Joseph Andrew Arroya, 82, of Big Bear, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of felony hit-and-run for the death of a popular Redlands Unified School District crossing guard in October.

The Redlands Police Department arrested Arroya about 7 p.m. on Tuesday night.

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Arroya is charged with hitting Leonard Ortiz, 48, on Oct. 16 with his green Ford Ranger as he drive through a red light travleing southbound on Orange Street. Ortiz was riding a moped-style scooter eastbound on Colton Avenue.

Ortiz suffered major injuries and was transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he later died of his injuries.

Ortiz worked for the Lugonia Elementary and Clement Middle schools as a crossing guard.

Arroya is being held at the West Valley Detention center in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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Police have arrested the suspected hit-and-run driver who allegedly killed Mr. Ortiz, but now justice will be determined in a criminal court. Meanwhile, the family of Mr. Ortiz may file a wrongful death claim to recover their financial losses.

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