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Canyon County authorities say one man is dead, one is arrested on charges including manslaughter

Posted at 8:29 PM, Oct 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 16:45:48-04

NAMPA, Idaho — A man is charged with vehicular manslaughter after the Canyon County Sheriff's Office reports him leaving the scene of an injury accident near Nampa.

A press release from the Canyon County Sheriff's Office released Sunday said police received reports of a deceased male lying on the side of Ustick Rd near the intersection of Northside Blvd. When deputies arrived on the scene, they discovered the body of a 66-year-old deceased male in the borrow pit, who appeared to be the victim of a hit-and-run accident. The victim was not identified as of Sunday evening.

The press release states during the investigation, detectives were informed by the Nampa Police Department they had responded to a call earlier in the morning. That call involved a suspected DUI driver who was reported to be "driving recklessly in the same area where the body was located," according to the press release.

The Canyon County Sheriff's Office says the driver was identified as 22-year-old Christian Zumano-Aguilera, and was taken into custody by Nampa Police; he was booked into the Canyon County Jail on DUI charges at 4:34 a.m.

The press release says, with this information, detectives from the Canyon County Sherriff's Office obtained and conducted a search warrant for Zumano-Aguilera's vehicle, which contained evidence linking it to the scene of the fatal hit-and-run.

The earlier charges on Zumano-Aguilera, which included the aforementioned DUI and Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance, were amended to include a felony charge of Vehicular Manslaughter, as well as a felony charge of Leaving the Scene of an Injury Accident, according to the press release.

The Canyon County Sheriff's Office says Zumano-Aguilera is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Canyon County Courthouse.

This is an ongoing investigation. It will be updated as soon as information becomes available.