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* Sundara Wertz Arrested for Alleged Fatal Hit and Run in June in Santa Cruz

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A 33-year-old Soquel woman was arrested today in connection with a fatal hit-and-run collision in Santa Cruz two months ago, according to the California Highway Patrol. Sundara Wertz was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run, the CHP said. She is suspected of driving a white 1999 Infiniti QX4 that struck and killed Noel Hamilton, 31, as he was riding his bicycle on June 27, according to the CHP.

At about 10:10 p.m. that evening, Wertz’s Infiniti was going south on Soquel-San Jose Road when it allegedly collided with Hamilton, who was also traveling south on his bike. Hamilton, a Soquel resident, was pronounced dead on the road. Wertz initially fled the scene and then returned to provide a statement to CHP officers. She surrendered to officers at about 4 p.m. at Santa Cruz County Jail following a CHP investigation that found she was responsible for the crash.

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