Driver arrested for teen’s hit-run death in Lancaster

Lancaster

A man charged in a hit-and-run crash that killed a J.P. McCaskey High School student last month has been arrested.

Kristopher Martinez-Roman, 23, was taken into custody in Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday.

“He wasn’t going to turn himself in, so the fact he’s in custody is a good feeling because he was definitely trying to evade us,” Lancaster police Lt. Bill Hickey said.

Investigators say Martinez-Roman was driving an SUV that ran a red light at the intersection of East King and Franklin streets on the evening of May 24. The SUV broadsided a car driven by Isaia Candelario, a junior at the high school.

Candelario would have turned 17 years old the day after he died.

Another McCaskey junior in Candelario’s car was critically injured.

There is now a memorial at the crash site.

Martinez-Roman is charged with four felony counts, including two counts of accidents involving death or injury and two counts of accidents involving death or injury while not properly licensed. He is being held in jail as a fugitive from justice while he awaits extradition to Lancaster County, city police said.

Police said excessive speed was a factor in the crash.

They’re still looking for Martinez-Roman’s passenger, 29-year-old Josue Rivera. He has outstanding warrants for terroristic threats in Lancaster and a probation violation in Philadelphia.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call Lancaster police at 717-735-3301 or Lancaster Crime Stoppers at 800-322-1913, or text LANCS and a message to Crime Stoppers at 847411. 

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