San Jose: Public asked to help identify driver in fatal hit-and-run

SAN JOSE – Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver of a luxury sedan involved in a fatal hit-and-run collision over the weekend in San Jose.

The car, described as a black 2015 Infiniti Q50 with tinted windows and dark gray aftermarket wheels, was first spotted at about 2:30 a.m. July 17 on the 1900 block of Alum Rock Avenue, the San Jose Police Department said in a news release. The driver sped away when an officer in a marked patrol vehicle attempted a traffic stop.

Minutes later, the Infiniti ran a red light at McKee Road and North 33rd Street and hit a black 2007 Honda sedan, police said. The driver of the Honda was ejected and died of his injuries at the scene.

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Jose Esparza Melchor, 24, of San Jose. His death marked the city’s 30th traffic fatality of the year.

The driver of the Infiniti ran from the scene and was last seen heading toward Anne Darling Elementary School, police said.

Anyone with information related to the case can contact Detective Mike O’Brien at 408-277-4654, or leave a tip with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867 or at

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Author: Jason Green