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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas police say a man is in jail thanks to witnesses who held him down until officers arrived, after he allegedly hit and killed a woman in the parking lot of a strip shopping center.

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It was Sunday evening when police say Juan Carlos Velasquez parked his SUV in the 3o00 block of Dawes Drive in Oak Cliff. After stepping out of his truck for a short time, witnesses say Velasquez got back in the vehicle, put it in reverse and hit the gas — hard. Moving at a high rate of speed, the SUV fishtailed and hit a woman who as walking across the street.

According to people at the scene, after crashing into a parked vehicle Velasquez jumped out of the SUV, bent down and saw the woman, later identified as Maria Cruz Gonzalez-Cortes, underneath.

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Police say after seeing the 24-year-old women under his truck Velasquez tried to run from the scene on foot, but was chased by a witness and held down until police arrived.

Gonzalez-Cortes was later pronounced dead.

Velasquez, 47, has been charged with Failure to Stop and Render Aid, causing death. He is being held in the Dallas County Jail on $100,000 bond.

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