Man Accused of Deadly Hit & Run in Tulare Arrested, Police Looking for Vehicle, “Person of Interest”


UPDATE: Tulare police arrested 50-year-old Leonardo Villasenor Tuesday night in Tulare.

Villasenor was identified after calls started coming when his photo was released to the media.

Police say Villasenor was uncooperative regarding the whereabouts of his vehicle and they believe someone is hiding it for him or knows where it is.

Anyone who is assisting Villasenor by hiding, moving or tampering with the vehicle can and will be charged with accessory after the fact.

If you know where the vehicle is we urge you to call the Tulare Police Department at (559) 684-4290.

Police searching for man allegedly involved in deadly hit-and-run in Tulare. Photo: Tulare Police Dept.

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Police are searching for the driver that allegedly ran over an older man before leaving him to die in Tulare.

At 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, a 61-year-old man was making his way across the street near the intersection of West Inyo and D Street.

A driver in a blue Nissan Quest minivan hit the man but did not stop after the collision.

Instead, the driver left the area and continued down West Inyo.

The man that was hit was rushed to Kaweah Delta Hospital in bad shape.

He ended up passing away from his injuries on Monday.

The year of the minivan that was involved in the hit-and-run is possibly a 1996 through 1998, and should have front end and windshield damage.

A few businesses in the area were able to capture the minivan on surveillance cameras.

If you have any information regarding the identity of this person or information regarding this incident, you are asked to call Officer Eric Wilson at (559)685-2300 x 2141.

Click to listen to the report by KMJ’s Liz Kern: