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California doctor accused of hitting a woman with his car and then fleeing the scene

Source: California Highway Patrol

Oct. 7 2021, Published 9:16 a.m. ET

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A cardiologist from California allegedly hit a woman with his car on a highway and then fled the scene without calling for help, police said.

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Around 12:30 a.m. Feb. 10, there was a crash involving a tractor-trailer and a Hyundai Elantra on the highway near Manning Avenue in the Fresno, California area, My Mother Lode reported.

Juliana Ramos, 26, pulled her vehicle into the center median to help the driver of the car, My Mother Lode reported.

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Ramos was standing near the open driver-side door when she was struck by a red Ford Explorer, according to My Mother Lode.

The driver of the vehicle struck Ramos fled the scene without giving aid to Ramos or calling for medical assistance, My Mother Lode reported.

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The driver of the SUV momentarily stopped his vehicle, exited and walked around the SUV for several seconds before getting back in and fleeing the scene, My Mother Lode reported.

Police announced the arrest of Dr. James Leonard Comazzi, 68, following an eight-month investigation into the crash, according to My Mother Lode.

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A tip from CrimeStoppers allegedly help police identify Comazzi and the vehicle, My Mother Lode reported.

A warrant was issued for Comazzi on Oct. 4, and Comazzi surrendered himself at 6 p.m., according to My Mother Lode. Comazzi is charged with felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter.

He was released after posting $15,000 bail, according to My Mother Lode.


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