Fresno CA woman fatally struck dragged by identified truck
The woman who was fatally struck and dragged for miles by a truck in northwest Fresno early Friday was identified Saturday afternoon by the county coroner’s office as 29-year-old Monique Contreraz.
The coroner said she was living in Fresno but homeless.
Police say Contreraz was pushing a shopping cart and walking a dog on a leash when she was hit near Herndon and Milburn avenues.
The vehicle, later determined to be a full-size Chevrolet Silverado, dragged the woman’s body about eight miles before ending up at the La Quinta Inn near Cornelia Avenue and Golden State Boulevard.
A 911 caller reported suspicious behavior around 1 a.m. in the hotel parking lot. Police found partial remains of the woman’s body.
Police initially said the body was too damaged to immediately identify the sex or approximate age, but eventually learned more about the victim.
The driver suspected of being responsible for the fatal hit and run has been identified by police as Shawn Ginder, 38, of Fresno. He was arrested Friday night and taken to the Regional Community Medical Center after authorities say he jumped from a three-story house.
As of Saturday afternoon, he remained in serious condition, police said.
Ginder attempted to rent a room at the hotel but was refused as the rooms were full.
Surveillance videos captured Contreraz being punched and also tracked the incident to the hotel.
Investigators said Contreraz was in a crosswalk, but it was unclear if she had the right of way.
Police located Ginder’s vehicle around 3 p.m. Friday after it entered an apartment complex in the 5500 block of North Figarden Drive.
The Collision Reconstruction Unit was able to confirm that the truck was involved in the hit-and-run and belonged to Ginder.
Valles said Ginder lives in the apartment complex but was not initially found.
The vehicle was towed and the Madera County Sheriff’s Office eventually located Ginder, who police say jumped from a three-story house.
This story was originally published May 14, 2022 4:20 p.m.