Warrant issued in hit-and-run death

David Arellano Jr.



Mesa County sheriff’s investigators have obtained an arrest warrant for a 19-year-old man accused in a Sept. 16 hit-and-run that fatally injured a Grand Junction woman.

David Arellano is facing charges of vehicular homicide, failing to remain at the scene and/or render aid after an accident involving death, operating an unregistered vehicle and driving under restraint, the sheriff’s office wrote in a press release Tuesday.

Arellano is believed to have been behind the wheel of a vehicle that struck 22-year-old Mariah Loya in the C & F convenience store parking lot at 422 32 Road, who died of her injuries Saturday.

Arellano and 25-year-old Cheyenne Dean were both sought after the wreck and arrested on unrelated charges while the Sheriff’s Office continued to investigate the incident. Investigators are still determining what role Dean played in the incident.

Arellano has yet to be arraigned on vehicular homicide and other new charges.


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