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Zion man surrenders in hit-run fatal


Alberto Mejia-Arellon

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Updated: November 20, 2012 11:05AM

ZION — A 30-year-old Zion driver turned himself in to police and is being held on $250,000 bond in Lake County Jail in connection with the hit-and-run death of a Waukegan man.

Alberto Mejia-Arellon was charged with two felonies after family members convinced him that he should turn himself in after police were able to identify him through pieces of the car recovered at the crash scene, authorities said Thursday. He surrendered on Wednesday.

He was charged with failure to report a motor vehicle accident involving a death, a Class 2 felony; leaving the scene of an accident involving a death, a Class 4 felony; driving with a suspended license; and operating an uninsured vehicle.

The accident occurred around 5:20 a.m. Oct. 10 near the intersection of 33rd Street and North Geneva Lane where police were called for a body in the roadway. Officers responding to the call found Francisco Avila-Castro, 20, of the 1200 block of Fulton Street, Waukegan. He died of multiple trauma, according to the Lake County Coroner’s Office.

Zion police investigators at the scene of the accident were able to collect pieces of the suspect vehicle, both headlight and body pieces, some of which had part numbers on it and “that limited the amount of cars they could have come from through a process of elimination,” said Deputy Chief Stephen Dumyahn.

They were then able to determine what kind of car it was, a burnt-orange 2004 Scion. By combing more records, they were able to determine who owned it, the license plate number and the vehicle identification number.

At one point, investigators were in contact with Mejia-Arellon’s girlfriend who made statements that he was aware he hit something. They also began to review charges against her for obstructing police. They released a photograph of the suspect Monday when they heard he might be trying to flee the country.

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