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Family pushes for detectives to make arrest in fatal hit-and-run

Created: 08/01/2014 10:16 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It has been exactly one month since a man was hit by two different vehicles on San Mateo and Candelaria.  Albuquerque Police say neither one of the drivers stopped.

Now, the family of that man who died is pushing for detectives to make an arrest and they have just heard some promising news.  

The memorials for Donald Gonzales have sat at San Mateo near Comanche for four weeks. One of his daughters visits the site every single day. His daughters say they can't move forward until the drivers are in custody for killing their father. They say they are hearing detectives may have one of the suspects.

On July 1st, 50-year-old Donald Gonzales was hit by one vehicle, knocked down in the middle of the road, then hit again by a second car, and dragged. Right now, no one has been charged for the crime. But Angelica Gonzalez says they are hearing detectives may know who one of the drivers was and that the person is already in jail on unrelated charges.    

Albuquerque Police could not release any details on that, but did say that hit-and-runs are a big part of what their traffic team is tackling.

"We have had several really critical incidents lately in which cars have run over human beings, run over community members in the streets and kept going," Sergeant Ferris Simmons said.

Sergeant Simmons says with technology like surveillance video and traffic cameras, their solve rate is increasing exponentially.  But even with arrests made, Desiree Gonzales says it won't bring their father back.

"He's gone either way so if they catch them.  I want them to but he's not going to come back even if they catch them.  It's just pointless, he's gone," Gonzales said.    

If you saw anything at San Mateo near Aztec on July 1st, call Crime Stoppers at 843-STOP.


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