Santa Rosa police arrested a Healdsburg man on suspicion of striking a pedestrian on Fountaingrove Parkway and fleeing in his vehicle, a police sergeant said. Mario Molinari, 52, of Santa Rosa, was struck by a 2003 Honda Accord around 10:25 a.m. at the intersection of Fountaingrove Parkway and Rincon Ridge Drive in Santa Rosa, Sgt. Rich Celli said. Molinari suffered injuries to his upper body and legs and one of his dogs also was struck during the collision, Celli said.
He was treated for his injuries at a hospital. The driver of the car fled, but officers found the vehicle’s front license plate at the scene, Celli said. Police found the Honda and the driver, Reyna Gutierrez, 42, of Healdsburg, about 15 minutes later in a cul-de-sac a half-mile from the collision, Celli said. Gutierrez was arrested and taken to police headquarters for questioning. The investigation determined Molinari was walking two dogs on the northeast side of Fountaingrove Parkway and had the green light but did not yield to the red hand signal and began crossing the roadway, Celli said.
Molinari told police the light changed to red while he was crossing the road toward the west side of the street, Celli said. Molinari and one of his dogs were struck in the crosswalk in the eastbound lanes of Fountaingrove Parkway, Celli said. The vehicle then fled east, Celli said. Gutierrez was booked into the Sonoma County jail for hit-and-run causing injury, Celli said.
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