Fence boards exploded in every direction in a Grant Avenue alley near Sutter Street at 5:20 a.m. Friday when the driver of a late model Hyundai allegedly ran down a 20-year-old man on foot behind his home and crashed through rear fences in three back yards.
The victim, Sergio Behar, 20, who lived nearby was rushed to San Joaquin County Hospital by ambulance in critical condition before being airlifted by helicopter to a Modesto trauma center with multiple serious injuries, according to Manteca Police.
Several neighbors said they were awakened by the sound of the crash and ran from their homes to see the victim lying in a wet area of the second home’s rear yard. One neighbor said the man and his family had recently moved to Manteca to get away from the violence they met in their Oakland community.
Two boards from a newer section of the old fence penetrated the car’s windshield and visibly stopped just short of where a motorist’s head is usually located that could have caused major injuries to the driver.
Officers arrested Aaron Joseph Harris, 20, of Stockton and interviewed his passenger who was not charged in the incident. The men were first transported to the police station where Harris and his passenger were extensively interviewed prior to the driver’s arrest and transport to the San Joaquin County Jail.
Investigators from the California State Crime Lab along with Manteca detectives were called to the scene to complete the investigation with Manteca officers recording statistics to support their case against Harris.
Detective Gregg Beal said more information on the case would be forth coming in the near future.