Man facing manslaughter charge in hit-and-run death of officer

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
Jesus Cabrera Molina, 24 By Mike Gertzman Jesus Cabrera Molina, 24 By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
Jesus Cabrera Molina, 24 By Mike Gertzman Jesus Cabrera Molina, 24 By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Detectives with the Vehicular Crimes Unit of the Phoenix Police Department have developed probable cause to charge 24-year-old Jesus Cabrera Molina in the hit and run death of Officer Daryl Raetz on May 19, 2013.

Molina will be booked on manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatal collision, both class 2 felonies.

Police arrested Molina in May. He is the owner of the SUV believed to be the vehicle that hit and killed Officer Raetz.

Molina was only charged with felony drug possession at the time. He was pulled over by police in El Mirage, Ariz. the day Raetz was killed. Police said Molina had a small baggy of cocaine in his pocket when he was taken into custody

The court paperwork at that time stated that Molina, "is a suspect in a fatal hit and run which resulted in the death of a police officer." It also says that he is in the country illegally and has fled to Mexico in the past. He is being held without bond.

The Phoenix Police Department announced on that day that the green Ford Expedition involved had been located by Surprise police earlier in the day.

The vehicle had damage to the center of the grill and hood.

Molina is the registered owner of the Ford Expedition. His father told police that his son is the only person who drives the SUV.

Molina was observed in the vehicle by an off-duty police officer approximately 90 minutes after the collision occurred. Molina was later identified by that officer.

Phoenix police officer Daryl Raetz, 29, was killed while handling a DUI investigation near 51st Avenue and Thomas Road.

Raetz was working to process the driver when he was struck by the Expedition. The driver of the SUV then fled the scene.

Phoenix police officer killed in hit-and-run