RIVERSIDE, CA - On October 26, around 9:30 p.m., police and paramedics were called to the 2900 block of Cimarron Road, in response to a traffic accident with injuries. Upon arrival, emergency personnel discovered a man lying on the sidewalk in grave condition.
The victim, 43-year-old Patrick Leway, was transported to Riverside Community Hospital where he was soon pronounced dead.
As it turned out, Leway was actually standing in front of his own home when he was hit by a Toyota pickup truck.
The driver sped away from the scene, according to witnesses.
In a press release, the Riverside Police Department stated:
During the course of this investigation, Riverside Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team suspected this was not a vehicle accident, but an intentional act done by the driver. As a result, the case was turned over to the Robbery – Homicide Unit. They were assisted by the Riverside County Sheriff – Coroner and Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.
After additional follow-up was conducted, Robbery – Homicide detectives confirmed the collision was intentional and arrested the driver on Thursday, November 19th in the city of Perris.
Noe Perez-Gonzalez, 37, has been charged with murder, and is currently being held at the Robert Presley Detention Center on $5 million bail.
*Despite a prior conviction for driving without a license, Perez-Gonzalez was never reported to ICE due to Riverside's 'sanctuary policy' which protects criminal aliens from deportation.