Man arrested in a hit and run
Make sure you look both ways when crossing the street.
Even if that means looking both ways at the stop signs crossing the intersection “street” in front of Safeway and Walmart in Pueblo West.
At least that’s what happened to a 57-year-old man last week who had been struck by a car while he was walking in the store parking lot.
And 22-year-old Dustin Dicara was arrested at his home Dec. 29 on Pueblo’s East Side after deputies learned the car involved in the accident belonged to him.
They tracked it to his home.
While deputies were investigating the incident, the suspect called the Sheriff’s Office to confess his involvement in the accident, a new release issued from the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office said.
He was arrested without incident.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to Walmart, 78 North McCulloch Boulevard, at about 2 p.m. on a report that a 57-year-old man had been struck by a vehicle while he was walking in the store parking lot.
The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Witnesses told deputies the driver of a white Nissan Altima was driving at a high rate of speed from the south end of the parking lot to the front of the store when the vehicle struck the pedestrian. \The driver continued traveling north through the parking lot, going through several stop signs and nearly striking other pedestrians before leaving the area.
Surveillance video and witnesses identified the driver as wearing a uniform shirt similar to those worn by employees at Sonic restaurant.
Deputies learned there was an employee from the Pueblo West Sonic, 69 South Dunlap Drive, who drove a vehicle similar to the one involved in the accident.
Deputies tracked the vehicle to the suspect.
When deputies went to the suspect’s home to contact him, they found the vehicle with damage parked at the residence and the suspect in the home.
Dicara was arrested and booked into the Pueblo County Detention Center for vehicular assault, reckless driving, failure to report an accident and leaving the scene of an accident.