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Suspect arrested in double-fatal hit-and-run crash in Bay Terraces neighborhood

A San Diego man has been arrested concerning the deadly hit-and-run that killed two over the weekend.

SAN DIEGO — A man involved in a double-fatal hit-and-run crash in the Bay Terraces neighborhood turned himself in to authorities.

Tony Garcia, 53, confessed to San Diego Police Department officers that he was the driver behind the wheel of a Ford-150 Truck that hit and killed two women on May 14.

Garcia initially fled the scene and did not turn himself in to authorities until Monday, May 15, according to SDPD.

The driver of the Honda, a 22-year-old woman, suffered serious injuries. Two passengers, 23-year-old Jazmine Cano, and 25-year-old Elizabeth Cano, died at the hospital. A third passenger, a 25-year-old man, was also injured.

Garcia was taken into custody and booked into San Diego County Jail for felony hit-and-run and two counts of vehicular manslaughter. 

Garcia pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Bail was increased from $100,000 to $250,000 with driving privileges revoked and GPS monitoring mandated because the judge found Garcia's leaving the crash scene a sign that Garcia was a flight risk.

Jazmine's boyfriend, Andrew Gutierrez, said he and the entire family are waiting for justice to be served. He said he lived in Riverside and looked forward to visiting Jazmine in San Diego. 

“She cared a lot about her family. She put everybody first before her too. She was wise. She was just full of life. She loved to have fun. She was selfless. I looked up to her and appreciated every moment I spent with her.”

The investigation is ongoing. 

San Diego police urged anyone with information regarding the crash to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

There is a GoFundMe to help pay for Jazmine and Elizabeth's final expenses. Click here to learn more.

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