MODESTO, Calif. (KTXL) — The Modesto Police Department arrested a man suspected of intentionally running over two people Wednesday, killing a woman and injuring a man.
Around midnight, officers responded to reports that two people were hit by a car in an alley behind A&M Market on Maze Boulevard.
“When we arrived, we found a female victim suffering from major wounds,” said Modesto Police Department spokesperson Sharon Bear.
After the victims were taken to a local hospital, police said the woman did not survive.
Modesto police believe the 61-year-old woman was related to the other victim, a 30-year-old man. At this moment, their identities are not being released.
The two were inside a tent in the back of the alley when they were hit.
Bear identified the suspect as 39-year-old Cruz Diaz of Merced.
Police said Diaz immediately made a run for it after hitting the man and woman with his car.
“We do believe it was intentional,” Bear explained. “There was an altercation between the driver and the male victim in this incident, just prior to the incident where he intentionally drove into their tent.”
Officers were able to quickly find him shortly after the incident.
“Witnesses on scene provided us with enough information where we located the vehicle and the responsible nearby,” Bear said.
Diaz was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on homicide charges, police said. The motive and details of the altercation remain under investigation.
According to police, Diaz did not have much of a criminal history in the area, but he did have some warrants from outside the area relating to theft and battery.
They said this investigation continues and are urging anyone with information to contact Modesto Police Detective Booza at Boozag@modestopd.com.