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Miguel Angel Ortiz-Montilla, 23, Arrested for Hit-and-Run Crash that Killed Bryant Fields, 38, at Chestnut, Clinton Ave in Fresno

Fresno, CA – A tragic hit-and-run incident in southeast Fresno has led to the arrest of a Fresno Pacific University student. According to KSEE, 23-year-old Miguel Angel Ortiz-Montilla was apprehended on Tuesday afternoon at Fresno Pacific University’s campus.

Authorities indicated that Miguel Ortiz is currently enrolled as a student at Fresno Pacific University and is also a member of the college’s baseball team. His arrest comes five days after the deadly hit-and-run incident, which occurred on April 4 at the intersection of Chestnut Avenue and Clinton Avenue in Fresno.

The victim, identified as 38-year-old Bryant Fields of Fresno, was found deceased at the scene. Bryant Fields is survived by his mother, sister, brother, and children, as noted on a GoFundMe page dedicated to his memory.

Investigators reviewed video evidence of the incident, revealing that Miguel Ortiz-Montilla allegedly ran over Bryant Fields, executed a U-turn, passed by the collision site, and then fled from the scene. Detectives were able to identify the suspect’s vehicle and released a picture of the sedan involved the day after the incident.

Following his arrest, Miguel Ortiz-Montilla was booked into the Fresno County Jail on suspicion of hit-and-run involving death. The incident has deeply impacted the Fresno community, highlighting the importance of accountability and responsibility on the roadways.

Wrongful Death Claims

Even in cases where criminal charges are not brought to bear, families who have lost a loved one in a fatal collision may be able to file a wrongful death claim with the insurance provider of the at-fault driver.

The compensation provided by a wrongful death claim can relieve the financial burdens created by medical expenses, burial costs, and the loss of income to support any dependents of the deceased.

Insurance companies will work to reduce any claim they cannot deny, which is where the help of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can prove invaluable by negotiating on behalf of victims and their families to ensure they receive proper compensation.

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