South Lake Tahoe, CA- A pedestrian was killed after being hit by a car on Lake Tahoe Blvd. It happened just before 8:00 PM. SLTPD officers along with South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue and Cal-Tahoe JPA paramedics got to the scene and found a man on the south sidewalk of Lake Tahoe Blvd., just down from Fairway Ave. Medical personnel tried to treat the man but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators discovered the man was crossing the street at a crosswalk, when he was hit by a black car. The man was hit so hard he was thrown to the sidewalk, the car took off. Then, just after 12:30am, 20-year-old Marlin Cruz came to the SLTPD and told police he may have been involved in a collision. Cruz was interviewed by Detectives, identified as the driver, the vehicle was located, and Cruz was arrested.
He was charged with felony hit and run and booked into the El Dorado County Jail under a $75,000 bond. The victim was a male in his 70’s, and that is all the information we are releasing about him at this time.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the South Lake
Tahoe Police Department Detective Division at (530) 542-6100.