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Silicon Valley Man Wanted for Hit-and-Run Arrested at SFO

Ramiro Lozares returned Wednesday after two years in the Philippines. An anonymous tipster told police.

By Bay City News

A man wanted on a $1 million warrant after fleeing overseas to avoid facing charges in a fatal hit-and-run in 2011 was arrested Wednesday at San Francisco International Airport, a Santa Clara police spokesman said.

Santa Clara police and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents captured Ramiro Lozares, 44, at the airport after he returned from two years on the lam in the Philippines, police Lt. Kurt Clarke said.

Lozares, a Sunnyvale resident, was charged with felony hit-and-run in an accident in Santa Clara on Jan. 11, 2011, that claimed the life of John Kearney, 56, also of Sunnyvale, Clarke said.

"We received some information that he was coming in," Clarke said. 

"It was a tip, and as luck would have it, he was at SFO."

The tipster wants to remain anonymous, Clarke said.

At the time of the accident, Lozares was driving on Scott Boulevard near Olcott Street when he collided with a motorcycle driven by Kearney, who later succumbed to his injuries at a hospital, Clarke said.

"After the collision, he fled, we arrested him and he was arraigned in court," Clarke said.

But following his release from jail in 2011, Lozares failed to show up for his next hearing on the felony charge and Santa Clara County  Judge Jerome Nadler issued a bench warrant in the amount of $1 million for his arrest, Clarke said.

Lozares appeared in Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose on Wednesday and is "now back in the system," Clarke said.

Shirley January 19, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Thank you to the tipster - you did the right thing!
Angelique January 19, 2013 at 03:59 PM
So glad he was finally caught!
Antonio Catpo January 19, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Did police need a tipster? Don't ICE computers have all felons names in the system?
Jim C January 19, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Scumbag going to jail. Yay team!

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