A California man has been arrested after allegedly mowing down a homeless woman waking her dog, and then dragging her body underneath his car for eight miles.
Monique Contreraz, 29, had been walking her dog on a leash while pushing a shopping cart in Fresno on Friday night when she was hit.
Madera County Seriff’s deputies arrested Shawn Ginder, 38, the driver of the vehicle hours later at an apartment complex, in the area of Foxboro in Bass Lake, a town about 50 miles northeast of Fresno, SFGate reported.
Deputies spotted his truck with significant damage, and tracked him to a cabin owned by a family member. Ginder has barricaded himself inside, and then jumped from a third-story window to try to evade cops.
He was critically injured in the jump, and is being treated at the Community Regional Medical Center.
Monique Contreraz, 29, had been walking her dog on a leash while pushing a shopping cart in Fresno on Friday night when she was hit. Contreraz was homeless and living on the streets of Fresno
Shaun Ginder, 38, has been arrested after allegedly mowing down a homeless woman walking her dog, and then dragging her body underneath his car for eight miles. Surveillance footage captured the suspect pulling into the La Quinta Inn and Suites. When he learned there was no vacancies he went back into his vehicle and sped away. A guest at the hotel saw a woman’s partials remains dislodged from under the pickup truck, immediately called 911
Ginder was driving a Chevy Silverado traveling northbound on Milburn Avenue. when he rammed into Contreraz and her dog and continued driving dragging her body for several miles until he reached a hotel parking lot.
Surveillance footage captured the suspect pulling into the La Quinta Inn and Suites. When he learned there was no vacancies he went back into his vehicle and sped away.
A guest at the hotel saw a woman’s partials remains dislodged from under the pickup truck, immediately called 911, SFGate reported.
Hours after the death of Contreraz and her dog police located Ginder.
Contrenz’s sister, Rachelle Jogett’e Shelton, told DailyMail.com that their mother was killed in a hit-and-run in Merced, California 17 years ago.
‘I’m having a really hard time with this being almost the same thing and the fact that Monique was hit and dragged the way she was,’ Shelton said.
‘My mother was walking also and was stuck and flown some yards face first in a ditch and was unrecognizable.
‘The lady didn’t spend more than a few days in jail. I don’t really remember the details of her conviction but she was speeding and hit my mom when she swerved to miss a car she was going to hit.’
Ginder, 38, was driving a Chevy Silverado in Fresno when he rammed into Contreraz and her dog and continued driving dragging her body for several miles until he reached a hotel parking lot
Ginder is seen pulling into the hotel parking lot. Contreraz’s body was later dislodged from under his car
Shelton told DailyMail.com she and her sister were born and raised in Fresno and were close as children.
In 2009, she moved out to Colorado and tried to keep in touch with her sister when she was able too. She shared the struggles they both endured and how it has affected her.
‘I’m pretty messed up over this she didn’t deserve this and we had a very traumatic childhood and life has never really been easy or kind to Monique and she struggled with a lot of mental heath issues,’ she said.
‘The way she was killed and from what I know, I just can’t believe this that even at the end of her life it had to be just as horrible and worse than what she’s endured throughout her whole life.’
Shelton, who is 13 months older than her sister, said she’d last spoken to her more than a year ago.
‘I got a voicemail from her around Halloween, she had called in the middle of the night . And I called the number back for a few days and when someone answered it was someone she had borrowed the phone from to make a call.’
She told DailyMail.com, she wanted people to know that her sister was ‘very loved.’
Those in the Fresno community who knew Contreraz were shocked saddened to learn of her death and remembered as the sweet woman with the cute little dog.
‘So sad!! How in the world does someone drive 8 miles and not stop ?? Clearly he knew he hit something . What a POS!!!,’ one person wrote on Facebook.
‘I hope the law lays the hand down on this guy,’ said another.
One person said on social media he had a conversation with Monique two days prior at the local Starbucks.
‘She let me pet her dog whom was super friendly and loved the head rub. We talked a bit about the nice day it was. She was talking about getting her dog’s name tag engraved soon,’ he said.
‘Can’t believe this. Life’s too short. Be nice to everyone no matter their circumstances. RIP to this beautiful free soul and her very friendly dog.’