Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run in Fresno identified. Police looking for suspect car

Authorities are looking for a vehicle they believe is involved in a fatal hit-and-run earlier this month in Fresno.

Officers went to Shields Avenue and Wilson Avenue at 3:48 a.m. Jan. 5 for a traffic collision.

Police said the victim, later identified as 70-year-old Fernando Gutierrez of Fresno, was crossing Shields when a vehicle struck him in in the westbound lanes.

Gutierrez died Jan. 6 at Community Regional Medical Center, the Fresno County Coroner’s Office reported Thursday.

Police said the suspect vehicle was last seen northbound on Wilson from Shields.

The department’s Collision Reconstruction and Hit & Run detectives responded to the scene and said they believe the suspect vehicle to be a two-door vehicle, similar to a Dodge Challenger.

Police released surveillance photo of a 2-door vehicle, similar to a Dodge Challenger, they believe is involved in a fatal hit-and-run collision on Jan. 5, 2023.
Police released surveillance photo of a 2-door vehicle, similar to a Dodge Challenger, they believe is involved in a fatal hit-and-run collision on Jan. 5, 2023.

Police said the vehicle has damage to the front end and possibly to the front windshield.

Anyone with information regarding the driver or the whereabouts of the vehicle to contact Detective Christopher Ames at 559-621-5065 or Detective Zack Chastain at 559-621-5058, or can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867.