May 30, 2024
If convicted, Jose Perez faces six years in state prison.

A man has been charged with vehicular manslaughter in the 2022 hit-and-run crash that killed an elderly Oakland woman.

Jose Perez faces one count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and one count of hit-and-run driving for the May 31 death of 73-year-old Emelia Martinez Roa. He also faces enhancements for prior convictions and violence or bodily harm. The case is set for arraignment on April 25, 2024. If convicted, Perez could be sentenced to six years in state prison, according to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

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Police said Martinez was crossing 16th Avenue at International Boulevard in a marked crosswalk around 5:33 p.m. when she was hit by a mid-90s white Hummer SUV that was turning northbound onto 16th Avenue from International.

Perez, who was allegedly driving the stolen vehicle at the time, allegedly hit and killed Martinez without stopping to call for help or render aid, the office states.

Martinez was taken to a hospital, where she later died.

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