A man who allegedly fled from the scene of a crash in Long Beach that fatally injured a man in a wheelchair and then returned to the scene and admitted being involved in the collision was charged Tuesday with five felony counts, including DUI and hit-and-run driving.
Jesus Jorge Arias, 37, of Lakewood, is charged with one count each of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury, driving with a 0.08 percent blood alcohol content causing injury, hit-and-run driving resulting in death and two counts of child abuse under circumstances likely to produce great bodily injury or death, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
He is set to be arraigned April 18 at the Long Beach courthouse.
Officers found 29-year-old Kyle McNeley of Lakewood lying in the roadway on northbound Bellflower Boulevard, north of Harvey Way, at 8:05 p.m. last Thursday. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
“The wheelchair-bound pedestrian was attempting to cross Bellflower Boulevard eastbound in the crosswalk on the north side of the intersection when he was struck by Arias,” who was behind the wheel of a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee traveling northbound, according to a Long Beach Police Department statement.
Arias fled, but subsequently went back to the scene of the collision, according to police.
Motorcyclist Mike Da Veiga told the Long Beach Post that he chased after the driver — who had two young children in his vehicle — and urged him to return to the scene.
“Everyone was screaming, and when I told him what he did, I saw tears fly out of his eyes at that point,” Da Veiga said.
Arias — who was ordered to be held in lieu of $330,000 bail — has remained behind bars since he was arrested last Thursday night.