MERCED - The Merced Police Department Traffic Division has arrested Issac Maldonado (22) of Livingston for killing 3 year old Dayveonna Polk. Maldonado was arrested Tuesday night at around 9:00 PM in Modesto, California by the Merced Police Department. The Honda Accord Maldonado was driving during this crime was also recovered.
Through some very diligent police work and the cooperation of residents in Merced, Maldonado was identified and arrested. Maldonado was booked into Merced County Jail for felony hit and run and vehicular manslaughter.
The Merced Police Department responded to W. 18th and “R” Street for an injury traffic collision on December 4, 2017 at approximately 3:42 PM. When officers arrived they found a 3 year old female unresponsive in the roadway on “R” Street. Merced City Fire & Rescue and Riggs Ambulance arrived on scene
The child was flown to an area trauma center. The vehicle that struck the child fled the scene, without stopping. The responsible vehicle is described as possibly a maroon Honda Accord. Merced Police Officers are actively investigating this case.
The Merced Police Department was informed early Tuesday morning that the 3 year old victim passed away due to injuries received in this hit and run crime. Officers have been able to recover video from various locations around the area. In the video, the suspect vehicle stopped for the red light. When the light turns green, the suspect vehicle turns left on “R” Street, hits the child and flees.
Anyone with more information about this hit and run or Issac Maldonado is urged to call the Merced Police Department.