San Diego

Driver in Lincoln Park Hit-and-Run Crash That Killed Man Sentenced

A San Diego man was sentenced Wednesday for the fatal hit-and-run crash that killed a Lincoln Park man, the District Attorney's office confirmed. 

Darius Runnells, 22, was sentenced to two years in state prison for felony hit-and-run charges causing a death. He pleaded guilty to the charges in court on May 9.

On April 5, around 8:25 p.m., 57-year-old Ruben Meza was struck by a vehicle driven by Runnels while he walking across the street on the 1200 block of South 47th Street.

Runnells didn't stop to offer any help to Meza. Instead, he parked the vehicle approximately a mile away from the scene of the collision.

Officers were alerted to the vehicle two days after the crash by a neighbor who noticed the shattered windshield with front-end damage.

NBC 7 learned Runnells' driving privileges had been suspended more than a year before the crash for driving without a license, a traffic infraction and failure to appear in court.

On the night of Meza's death, Runnells was driving a Toyota Corolla registered to his mother, who lives just around the block from where Meza was killed.

Meza left behind a large family including his wife, kids and grandchildren.

Runnels turned himself into the authorities on April 13.

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