Topeka police charge driver with murder after hit-and-run death

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(KSNT Photo/Dan Garrett)

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Topeka police charged a driver with murder Monday night after they said he hit and killed someone in north Topeka, then fled the scene.

Chad Thomas Cuevas

Chad Thomas Cuevas, 51, faces a charge of first-degree murder. Topeka police said Cuevas hit and killed someone with his car at 1534 NW Tyler St., then drove away.

A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper found Cuevas’ vehicle near the corner of Southwest Emland Drive and Gage Boulevard, then stopped and arrested him.

Topeka police said the male victim was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, where he later died. They aren’t releasing the identity of the victim until his family is notified.

Cuevas was booked into the Shawnee County Department of Corrections without bond.

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