Woman Arrested for Helping Son Flee Hit-and-run Crash
FRESNO, Calif. (Sept. 7, 2023) – Yesenia Renteria, 36, was arrested for helping her son escape after a hit-and-run pedestrian accident that injured 11 students at a bus stop at Cedar Avenue and Tulare Avenue in Fresno.
The mother is charged with one felony count of being an accessory after the fact to her son’s alleged hit-and-run crash, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. Her son was also arrested and faces felony charges of hit-and-run and DUI.
The car versus pedestrians collision occurred around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6th at a bus stop near Roosevelt High School, according to a report in Your Central Valley News.
The 16-year-old boy was allegedly driving southbound on Cedar Avenue in a black pickup truck at reckless speed. He reportedly lost control and jumped the curb before hitting a group of 20 students standing near a FAX bus stop. The driver and his 14-year-old sister riding as a passenger in the truck, exited the vehicle and fled the scene. A family member picked them up and drove off. However, witnesses and school staff managed to pull the car over and detain the suspect. Police arrested the suspect on hit-and-run charges.
Meanwhile, paramedics responded and transported eleven students ages 14 to 17 years old to hospitals for treatment of injuries ranging from back pain to a broken leg. There were no life-threatening injuries among the pedestrians.
Investigators are working on the felony, hit-and-run case and will determine if drugs and or alcohol were factors in the crash. Yesenia Renteria was one of two females that reportedly picked up the teenage suspect and his sister in a white vehicle. Witnesses followed the vehicle and alerted police who subsequently pulled the vehicle over and arrested the teen and his mother.
Yesenia Renteria was arrested under Penal Code 32, Accessory After the Fact. This is a felony and she was booked into Fresno County Jail, but later paid $500 on her $5,000 bail and was released. She was released around 4 a.m. and is scheduled to return to court at 8 a.m. on September 21st, police said.
Additionally, the juvenile suspect was arrested on charges of felony hit and run and felony DUI charges.
The case remains under investigation.
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