Court Documents Reveal Details About Hit-And-Run That Killed Boy, 13

Court documents are shedding light on what happened the night 13-year-old Israel Medina was killed after a suspected drunk driver crashed into him.

The incident happened Sunday at 9:45 p.m. at the intersection of Virginia Avenue and Larry Street in East Bakersfield.

Authorities said Isreal was on his scooter in the middle of the road when he was struck.

The document said that only one witness came forward who was able to describe the vehicle, but what led authorities to the suspect, Dennis Ozaeta, is that the front license plate fell off during the crash and it was left on the street.

Officials ran those numbers and immediately went to the address registered to the vehicle.

When the Kern County Sheriff’s Department got there, they noticed Ozaeta opening the garage door and getting into a vehicle. That’s when they stopped him.

The report said Ozaeta had his two kids in the Mitsubishi at the time of the crash and was dropping them off with their grandparents.

The couple said Ozaeta told them, “I think I hit something,” and was going back to check it out.

When officials spoke to Ozaeta, they noticed his eyes were bloodshot and that he smelled like alcohol.

Officials also found empty beer cans in the Mitsubishi.

Ozaeta is still behind bars and is expected to be in court next month.

He is being charged with felony hit-and-run causing death, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood-alcohol level over .08 percent.

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