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Driver claims leg injury following hit and run
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A young driver who claimed a leg injury in an intersection accident at Main and Wawona streets shortly after 2 p.m. on Monday was found in the Walmart store following the crash where he told officers he had gone to get medical attention.

Brian Cardosa, 21, was located going into the store by Manteca Police Officer Mike Espinosa shortly after the crash that occurred when he was reportedly making a left hand turn across southbound traffic and was hit broadside by Alberado Gallegos-Jimenez of Tracy driving a ’95 Toyota Camry.
Cardosa later told officers his ‘90s Honda was spun around in the crash and he admittedly drove away because of the pain in his leg that had been injured some six months ago.  Witnesses told officers they saw the man driving recklessly in the Mervyn’s parking lot abandoning his car in front of the shuttered department store.

He had at first denied any involvement, according to Officer Espinosa, but after a witness gave a description of him he later told officers he had been the driver as he exited the garden section of the store.

Due to the complaint of pain in his left leg, police called an ambulance taking him to Kaiser Hospital for treatment of his injury.  His car was reportedly totaled and the Jimenez vehicle sustained moderate front end damage with the driver’s air bag being deployed in the crash.

Officers said the case would be forwarded to the San Joaquin County District Attorney for determination of any action to be taken.

While investigating the crash near Mervyn’s, police arrested a known gang member, Rudy Valber, 19, of Manteca for violation of his probation.