The hit-and-run suspect allegedly involved in a fatal pile-up crash on northbound Interstate 805 this past Sunday has been arrested, according to CHP.
On Tuesday, CHP investigators said they arrested 28-year-old suspect Pedro Antonio Sainz at his San Diego residence on multiple felony charges of DUI causing injury or death and hit-and-run causing injury or death.
Sainz was being sought by CHP since June 10 in connection with a deadly pile-up crash that occurred around 2:25 a.m. that morning on northbound I-805 just south of Imperial Avenue.
According to CHP, the multi-vechile collision began when Sainz – suspected of driving under the influence – lost control of his 1994 Honda Civic and struck a 2005 Toyota Matrix carrying three people.
Authorities said the impact caused the Matrix to overturn in the middle of the freeway multiple times.
Sainz then allegedly pulled over to the right shoulder, abandoned his Honda and fled the scene on foot.
Meanwhile, CHP said the occupants of the Matrix – 66-year-old driver Ramiro Aguilar, his wife Bertha Aguilar, 47, and a teenage male – were trying to make their way out of the wreckage when a third vehicle, a 1997 Toyota Tacoma truck driven by Fernando Garcia Guzman, 27, crashed into their overturned Matrix.
The impact from that collision killed the adult female passenger of the Matrix, Bertha Aguilar, at the scene.
Ramiro Aguilar sustained major injuries and was transported to the Scripps Mercy Hospital. A report released by the medical examiner revealed Aguilar died from his injuries at the hospital in the hours following the crash. Aguilar and his wife were both Las Vegas residents.
Authorities said the teenager in the Matrix was uninjured. Guzman, the driver of the truck, suffered moderate injuries and was transported to the hospital.
Shortly after the truck collided at the scene, CHP said a single Yamaha YZF motorcycle driven by Robert Manual Landa, 32, also became involved in the pile-up. In an attempt to avoid the cars, authorities said Landa and his motorcycle also crashed at the scene.
Landa sustained major injuries and is currently recovering at a local hospital.
In the end, CHP said the Honda Civic driven by Sainz was the initial cause of this deadly crash.
Sainz is currently being held in San Diego Central Jail. His bail is set at $150,000.
His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.