Aug 22, 2016
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Two arrests have been made in connection with a hit-and-run crash in Vallejo earlier this month that killed Richmond resident Matthew Bennett, 47.

Dominic Terrell Smith, 25, of Vallejo turned himself in at the Suisun City Police Department on Saturday, according to Bay City News, citing law enforcement officials.

Smith is believed to be the driver of a 2002 Nissan Maxima that struck Bennett as he was crossing the street in the 400 block of Sonoma Boulevard on Aug. 11.

Also arrested was the registered owner of the Nissan, 45-year-old Walter Pineda of Richmond, who allegedly filed a false police report claiming his Nissan was stolen. He was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact. He posted bail and was released.

The night of the crash, Smith, Pineda and Taylor Warren Alexander Gallon, 21 — who remains at large — had reportedly stopped by a liquor store before the collision occurred, according to Bay City News.

After striking Bennett, who had been crossing the street outside of a crosswalk, the driver failed to remain at the scene. But one thing did remain: The Nissan’s license plate which fell off, and which police recovered. The vehicle was found the following day in Vallejo.



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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.