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A man who had to be extricated from a crevice next to an Orchard Supply Hardware store in San Jose this morning may be the suspect in a hit-and-run crash that occurred nearby a few hours earlier, police said. Police responded to a report of someone stuck in a gap next to a building at a shopping center in the 1700 block of Aborn Road at 1:47 a.m. and called fire crews for assistance, police said. It took 18 rescuers about two hours to extricate the man from the crevice, San Jose fire Capt. Reggie Williams said.
Police said the man initially gave a fake name but was later identified as 32-year-old San Jose resident Arturo Aguilar Corona. He told officers he had fallen into the crevice while trying to escape two men who were chasing him. However, police discovered that Corona was wanted on a warrant and may have been the driver who fled the scene of a hit-and-run crash that occurred at about 10 p.m. on Wednesday at South King Road and Aborn Road, just blocks away. In that incident, the driver of a Honda Civic crashed into an Acura Integra. A woman in the Acura was injured but is expected to survive, police said. Police said Corona will be booked into jail after he is released from the hospital for treatment of his injuries, which are not life-threatening.
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