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HANFORD — The Hanford Police Department has made an arrest following the hit-and-run car crash that left one man dead on Christmas night.

On Tuesday, police officials said 19-year-old Angel Castillo was arrested after being identified as the driver who fled the scene of the fatal crash.

The crash happened Monday at around 8:45 p.m. Officers said they were called out to the intersection of 11th and Hume avenues regarding a two-vehicle collision with serious injuries.

During the investigation, police said they determined a white Chevrolet Malibu occupied by five people was traveling north on 11th Avenue. As the Malibu entered the intersection, a gray GMC Yukon was traveling east on Hume Avenue and entered the intersection at what police said appeared to be a high rate of speed.

Officers said the Yukon collided with the left side of the Chevy Malibu. The driver of the Malibu, identified as 39-year-old Raymond Romero Jr., died on scene, police said.

The four other occupants of the Malibu were transported to various hospitals for their injuries, which were determined to be life-threatening.

After officers arrived on scene, they said they learned one male driver, now identified as Castillo, and one male passenger of the Yukon ran away from the scene after the crash.

Authorities said Castillo was booked into Kings County Jail and charged on suspicion of hit and run causing injury or death and involuntary manslaughter. His bail was set at $560,000.

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