Driver arrested after fatal San Jose hit-and-run

San Jose police have arrested the driver of one of two vehicles in the hit-and-run death of a pedestrian on Almaden Expressway last Friday and are looking for the other driver, police said Wednesday.

Officers responded at 6:19 p.m. last Friday to a report of a vehicle striking a pedestrian on Almaden Expressway near Via Monte Drive, where they found a woman lying in the middle of the roadway, San Jose police spokesman Officer Albert Morales said.

The woman, later identified as 71-year-old Soroor Vossoughi, was pronounced dead at the scene, Morales said. The Police Department’s traffic investigations unit determined that two vehicles had been traveling south on Almaden Expressway when Vossoughi tried to cross the road and was struck, he said.

The drivers of both cars drove away and failed to return to the scene, but later that evening, 37-year-old Juan Saldana Alfaro, of Los Gatos, the driver of a Honda Accord, turned himself in to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, Morales said. Alfaro was booked into county jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and hit and run, he said.

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the driver of the second vehicle, described as a light-colored small pickup truck that continued to drive south on Almaden after the crash. The driver may have been involved in the collision or could provide a witness statement, Morales said.

Anyone with information about the second vehicle or the crash may contact Sgt. Matt Christian or Detective Kelvin Pham at the department’s traffic investigations unit at (408) 277-5382 or can leave an anonymous message with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-7867.