Surveillance photos of hit-and-run suspect
Two surveillance camera photos of the hit-and-run suspect. Courtesy SDPD

A man who allegedly drove off after fatally injuring a pedestrian in Sherman Heights early Sunday — stopping at a nearby fast-food restaurant before continuing to flee — was arrested Wednesday.

Christopher Nunez, 28, was taken into custody Wednesday morning in connection with the death of 41-year-old Jason Gordon of San Diego, according to San Diego Police. Gordon, an operations manager for Tiffany’s, was heading home from a friend’s party when he was killed shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, News 8 reported.

A 2008 GMC Envoy struck Gordon in the 1800 block of Market Street and dragged him about 100 feet down the roadway, according to Sgt. Victoria Houseman. He died at the scene.

A short time later, the driver of the damaged SUV stopped and bought food at Humberto’s Taco Shop in the 1000 block of 25th Street, about a half- mile from the site of the traffic fatality, police said. While leaving the eatery, the driver backed his vehicle into a sedan and was confronted by witnesses before speeding off again, according to investigators.

Surveillance cameras and tips from the public led investigators to identify Nunez as the suspect in the case. He was taken into custody after officers found the Envoy parked at a home in the 5400 block of Timothy Drive in Oak Park, Houseman said.

Nunez was booked into the San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of hit- and-run causing death. He was being held on $100,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Friday afternoon.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help Gordon’s family.

Updated at 2:40 p.m. Jan. 22, 2020

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.