Arrest made in Sunday’s fatal hit-and-run

Headphones were found at the scene of a hit-and-run that left a pedestrian dead on Jan. 31, 2016.
Headphones were found at the scene of a hit-and-run that left a pedestrian dead on Jan. 31, 2016.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Police have arrested a man in connection with Sunday’s hit-and-run on South Anthony Boulevard.

The News-Sentinel reported 36-year-old Alejandro A. Gaytan was arrested Monday after a Crime Stoppers tip.

The paper reported officers went to Gaytan’s address in Decatur and spoke with his girlfriend. She told officers Gaytan came home Sunday and was sweating and getting sick.

The girlfriend – who was not identified by the paper, said Gaytan told her he ran over someone who was lying in the road in Fort Wayne.

Police investigate a hit-and-run that left one person dead on Jan. 31, 2016.
Police investigate a hit-and-run that left one person dead on Jan. 31, 2016.

Gaytan admitted to police in an interview he was driving a 2003 green Land Rover when he saw a person in the road and tried to avoid hitting him, but struck his legs.

Gaytan allegedly told police he did not stop because he thought someone else would and he didn’t have a driver’s license and was afraid to go to jail.

Photo of Alejandro Alcantar Gayton
Photo of Alejandro Alcantar Gayton provided by the Allen County Sheriff’s Dept.

Court records indicate Gaytan was booked in jail on Monday and was initially charged with leave the scene of an accident resulting in death and operating a vehicle after being a habitual traffic offender.

Police were called to South Anthony Boulevard and Hollis Lane shortly after midnight Jan. 31. They found a man in the middle of the road. The man was later identified as Jude A. Lamb – he died at the hospital. The county coroner ruled Lamb’s death an accident via blunt force trauma. At the time, police had little information on the person or vehicle involved in the hit-and-run.

A previous version of this story included a photo supplied by the Allen County Sheriff’s Department that was not Alejandro Alcantar Gayton.

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