HANFORD — A man accused in a hit-and-run traffic accident earlier this week is now behind bars on suspicion of attempted murder, police said.

James Marshall Flores Jr., 47, was arrested at his home on Wednesday after detectives with the Hanford Police Department reportedly connected him to the collision on Sunday.

The incident, which officers say was deliberate, happened at 4:44 p.m. in the 900 block of South Williams Street. Witnesses said a grey Jeep struck a man in the middle of the roadway and drove off. The suspect was initially described as a Hispanic man in his late 30s, according to police.

The victim, 32-year-old Luis Vasquez, was found unconscious. He was taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno for treatment and is currently listed in critical conditions.

A police investigation turned up Flores as a potential suspect. Flores was determined to be on parole with a no bail warrant out for his arrest, according to a press release. Detectives found him staying in a home on Flint Avenue and arrested him without incident.

Flores is currently behind held at the Kings County Jail on suspicion of violating the terms of his parole and attempted murder. His bail was listed as $500,000.

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