Man facing charges in Bridgeport hit and run

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Bridgeport Police Chief John W. Dougherty announce the arrest of Cristian Fuentes in connection with the Hit and Run death of Thomas Daley.
On December 5, 2014, Cristian Fuentes was driving in Bridgeport when his Ford Expedition struck Thomas Daley. The Bridgeport Police Department responded to the intersection of Ford and Rambo Streets for the report of a pedestrian struck by two vehicles. Upon arrival, officers observed an unresponsive male subject lying in the middle of Ford Street. Bridgeport Police Department and the Montgomery County Detective Bureau undertook a joint investigation into this fatal crash.
The investigation revealed that Fuentes was driving his mother’s Ford Expedition at 11:39 p.m. when the victim was attempting to cross Ford Street in or near the crosswalk. Fuentes struck the victim with the front passenger side of the Expedition. Following the impact, Fuentes got out of the vehicle and scanned Ford Street. Fuentes then got back into the Expedition and drove away. Fuentes did not attempt to render aid or notify the police. Instead, investigation revealed that Fuentes, having told his mother that he struck a pole, went with his mother to have the broken headlight repaired the next day.
Fuentes has been charged with Accidents Involving Death or Personal Injury, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Failure to Give Information and Render Aid, Failure to Report an Accident to Police and Failure to Yield to a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk.
The Defendant was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge James Gallagher on December 19, 2014 at Magisterial District Court 38-1-25, located at 128 West 4th Street in Bridgeport. The Defendant’s bail was set at $250,000, with the defendant being allowed to post 10% of that amount. The Magisterial District Judge also ordered that the defendant surrender his license and not drive during the pendency of the case, and that the defendant refrain from use of alcohol and/or controlled substances. The preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 30, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
In June of 2014, Governor Tom Corbett signed Senate Bill 1312, called “Kevin’s Law”. This law raised the mandatory minimum sentence for Accidents Involving Death (Hit & Run) from one year of incarceration to three years. Prior to this law, intoxicated drivers who struck and killed others on the road had a tangible benefit in fleeing the scene of their crimes. Homicide by Vehicle while Driving Under the Influence carries a three-year mandatory sentence. But, if the Commonwealth did not contact the defendant/driver that night, evidence of intoxication could be lost and the defendant/driver would likely face only one year of incarceration. “Kevin’s Law” closes this loophole and once again puts the focus where it should be when crashes occur: the well-being of victims.
Assistant District Attorneys Lauren McNulty and Scott Frame are assigned to prosecute the defendant.