The driver who struck and killed a mother and daughter who were out walking their dog in a San Jose neighborhood over the weekend was recognized by police on Tuesday.
The incident occurred at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday near the intersection of Blossom Hill Road and Leigh Avenue. A mother, her toddler, and the family dog were crossing Blossom Hill Road heading south when they were struck by a car driven by a lady.
The car was a 2000 Honda sedan. The infant was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, while the mother and dog perished. After the collision, the vehicle reportedly drove away from the site in San Jose
. On Monday, police reported that they used automated license plate reader cameras to locate the suspect vehicle. A worried member of the public had also flagged the car as suspicious. An unnamed suspect was apprehended by police some hours later.
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The suspect, 27-year-old Silvia Solorio of San Jose, was named by authorities on Tuesday. According to the police, Solorio left her car abandoned on the outskirts of San Jose. The Santa Clara County Main Jail is holding Solorio on felony accusations of hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter.
NEW: Police identify suspect in San Jose hit-and-run that left a woman and dog dead and injured a child as Silvia Solorio. https://t.co/4PNadsJAMB
Solorio faces felony vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run charges, police said. pic.twitter.com/eANpUd26pf
— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) March 28, 2023
Whether or not drugs or alcohol played a role was not mentioned. Until her loved ones were told, the woman’s identity was protected for privacy reasons. This was the sixth traffic-related death in 2023 and the fifth deadly collision in the city. That was the year’s fourth death of a pedestrian.
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