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Man seen at taco shop arrested after Sherman Heights crash that killed father

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Posted at 10:43 AM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 21:19:59-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — An arrest has been made in connection with a fatal hit-and-run Sunday in Sherman Heights, San Diego Police have confirmed to 10News.

On Sunday, a silver SUV was traveling eastbound in the 1800 block of Market Street at about 2 a.m. when the vehicle hit a pedestrian. Family members have identified the victim as 41-year-old Jason Gordon.

It's still not clear if Gordon was standing in the street or crossing lanes, police said. The driver fled the scene after fatally hitting the man.

Police Tuesday released photos of the man they believed to be the suspect of the crash visiting Humberto’s Taco Shop on the corner of Broadway and 25th Street, where he ordered food. The cashier who took the man's order said it appeared that the man had been drinking that night.

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Police say the photos from the taco shop and photos from Smart Street Lights near the crash scene led them to the home of 28-year-old Christopher Nunez, where they also located the suspected vehicle, a 2008 GMC Envoy. Nunez was arrested and booked into county jail on felony hit-and-run charges.

Nunez is being held on $100,000 bail and set to be arraigned on Jan. 24.

Gordon's wife, Katie, sent 10News the following statement after the arrest:

"While nothing can bring Jason back to his family, this arrest is a small step forward in the healing process. A sincere thanks to everyone who shared information. The support we've gotten from our local community, and across the country, has been very important to us all. We look forward to justice being served so our lifelong healing process can continue to move forward."

The family has started a GoFundMe to help with expenses for Gordon's family.