LORAIN — A Lorain man has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 90 that killed a Cleveland police officer this morning.
According to a statement from Cleveland police, Israel Alvarez, 44, was taken into custody at a home on East 31st Street shortly before noon on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and felony hit skip. He was arrested without incident about two hours after police went to the home after a car was spotted matching the description of one that fatally struck Patrolman David Fahey, 39, on Interstate 90 around 6 a.m. today. Alvarez was taken into custody using the handcuffs that had belonged to Fahey, said Steve Loomis,
Police say Fahey was helping Lakewood police and firefighters at the site of an earlier crash involving a firetruck and a van when he was struck by the car — not far from where State Trooper Kenny Velez was struck and killed by a car last year — around 6 a.m. A Cleveland police union official says Fahey was setting up flares at the time. Fahey was taken to MetroHealth Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Police say the driver of the car, a white 2000 Toyota Camry, didn't stop, and the westbound lanes of the interstate were temporarily closed around the crash location. Police issued an alert for the car, and shortly before 10 a.m. a Department of Homeland Security detective saw a car matching the description at the East 31st Street home in Lorain.
Alvarez has a lengthy record in Lorain County dating back to the early 1990s.
In 1994, he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and was sentenced to prison. In 2012, he pleaded guilty to felony non-support of a minor with more than $25,000 in owed child support. Also that year, he pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and obstructing official business and was sentenced to two years of community control
Most recently in 2015, he pleaded guilty of trafficking in heroin and was sentenced to community control that is to run until August.
Alvarez also has a few cases in Cuyahoga County.
In 1999, he pleaded guilty to possession of drugs and was sentenced to community control.
In 2000, he pleaded guilty to attempted possession of drugs and sentenced to six months in jail.
In 2004, he pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and racked up more jail time.
There are also a number of misdemeanor charges in Lorain Municipal Court and Elyria Municipal Court.