Man charged in fatal Inglewood hit-and-run

City News Service | 10/22/2013, 2:40 p.m.
Jesus Cazares Inglewood Police Department

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — A 38-year-old man was charged today with two counts stemming from the hit-and-run death of a Santa Monica woman who had just placed her toddler cousin into a car seat in Inglewood.

Jesus Cazares, of Inglewood, is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Inglewood Superior Court on one felony count of leaving the scene of an accident and one misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter involving the death of Elisa Alvarez, 47, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Cazares is accused of striking the woman with his pickup truck just after she had helped to put her toddler cousin into a car seat on Oak Street between Nectarine and Olive streets after a birthday party for a family member.

Alvarez was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Cazares turned himself into Inglewood police Sunday.

Prosecutors were asking that Cazares’ bail be set at $50,000.

Cazares could face a maximum of four years in state prison if he is convicted as charged, according to the District Attorney’s Office.