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Man pleads guilty to fatal hit-and-run in Escondido

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VISTA (CNS) - A driver who fled after a crash in Escondido that killed the driver of another vehicle pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony charge of hit-and-run with death.

Juan Carlos Carrillo, 20, will be sentenced to a year in jail on Nov. 3, said Deputy District Attorney Brock Arstill.

The July 3 crash that killed 18-year-old Miguel Angel Rojas occurred at Washington Avenue and Elmwood Drive about 2:15 a.m. Carrillo's eastbound 1995 Lexus ES300 collided with Rojas' Dodge Caravan, which made a left turn in front of the Lexus, police said.

Carrillo and two passengers ran from the crash site, leaving the wrecked Lexus behind, according to police.

The minivan was engulfed in flames immediately after the crash. The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office said Rojas died from smoke inhalation and burns. He was declared dead at the scene.

Carrillo was arrested about 5:30 p.m. the same day.

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