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Police searching for man charged in connection to fatal Roseville crash

Updated: July 31, 2019 06:57 PM

Authorities have charged a man in connection to a Roseville crash that left one person dead, but are asking for the public's help in finding him.

A criminal complaint states Daniel Alexander Jennings faces one count of failure to stop after a fatal traffic collision.

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According to the complaint, officers were called around 2 a.m. on July 22 on a report of two people fighting in a parking lot near a Raddison Hotel.

When police arrived, they found the body of a man who suffered fatal injuries. The complaint said it appeared the man had been dragged. That man has been identified as 23-year-old Michael James Strong.

A woman at the scene said Strong was her boyfriend and that they had an argument. The complaint says as they parted ways, the man had made suicidal comments. 

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A semi driver who witnessed the event said he was traveling north on Cleveland Avenue and was turning into a parking lot when he saw a man lying in the road. The semi driver said he then saw a vehicle traveling south on Cleveland Avenue at a high rate of speed. The semi driver told officers he blew his horn at the vehicle to get the driver's attention, however, the vehicle continued to travel at a high rate of speed, striking the man in the road. 

The complaint said the surveillance video that captured the crash "was consistent with the events described by the truck driver." 

Officers were able to locate the suspect vehicle at a Motel 6 in Roseville. 

The complaint says officers spoke to a man, who admitted to being a passenger in the vehicle and identified the driver as Jennings. 

Police later received a call from Jennings, who admitted he was driving the vehicle when he struck Strong, according to the complaint. Jennings said he stopped and attempted to speak to the police.

The complaint said Jennings agreed to come to the police station and give a statement but never appeared. 

Wednesday afternoon, Strong's family pleaded for the driver to turn himself in.

"He ran over my brother and left without speaking to proper authorities," said Justice Strong, Michael's sister. "I wouldn't want that to anybody else. I buried my brother and that's a very hard feeling."

He has been charged via warrant, but police are still looking for him and asked anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact Roseville Police.

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