A probationer accused of running over a 31-year-old man on a Riverside street, then fleeing the scene, is slated to be arraigned Thursday on a charge of hit-and-run resulting in death.
Jeffrey Scott Carey, 52, of Riverside was arrested Friday following a months-long investigation by the Riverside Police Department.
Carey is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail and is slated to be arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge David Gunn Thursday morning at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
According to Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback, about 7:45 p.m. on Feb. 15, 31-year-old Hector Cardenas of Ontario walked in and out of westbound lanes of Jurupa Avenue, just west of Florence Street, for unknown reasons.
Witnesses told police that at one point, Cardenas even laid down, causing vehicles to go around him. His behavior was never explained.
Railsback alleged that Carey was driving a Subaru Impreza westbound and slammed into the victim, barely pausing before accelerating away from the location.
Paramedics arrived within 10 minutes and pronounced Cardenas dead at the scene.
Detectives gathered evidence and spoke to several witnesses, but were not immediately successful in finding potential suspects. However, after developing leads, they ultimately identified the exact car and driver, according to Railsback.
An arrest warrant was obtained and served at Carey’s workplace in Jurupa Valley, where he was taken into custody without incident.
According to court records, the defendant has prior convictions for hit-and-run resulting in property damage, receiving a stolen vehicle, possession of controlled substances and creating a malicious disturbance.