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Police say Lorain man involved in fatal hit-and-run had cocaine in his system


CLEVELAND — Authorities said the Lorain man arrested in the fatal hit-skip of a Cleveland police patrolman on Interstate 90 had cocaine in his system when he struck the officer.

Israel Alvarez, 44, of East 31st Street, was indicted Thursday on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, failing to stop after an accident and drug possession in the death of Patrolman David Fahey on westbound I-90 near Lakewood last month.


Israel Alvarez


Police said the crash happened about 6 a.m. when Fahey was getting out of his patrol car to set up road flares while assisting Lakewood police with a fatal accident involving a firetruck and another vehicle.

Fahey’s partner, Officer Jennifer Scarborrough, saw him get struck by the car and called in a vehicle description and partial license plate number before attempting to unsuccessfully revive Fahey.

A former Lorain officer who now works for the Department of Homeland Security, Brett Bangas, spotted Alvarez’s white Toyota Camry in the backyard of an East 31st Street home.

Alvarez remained inside the home for an additional two hours before surrendering to Cleveland police shortly before noon. He was taken into custody using Fahey’s handcuffs.

Alvarez has a lengthy record in Lorain County dating back to the early 1990s.

In 1994, he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and spent several years in prison. In 2012, he pleaded guilty to felony nonsupport 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 probation.

In 2015, he pleaded guilty to trafficking in heroin and was again placed on probation, which ended last month, according to court records.

Alvarez also has a few cases in Cuyahoga County for possession of drugs, attempted possession of drugs and receiving stolen property. There are also a number of misdemeanor charges in Lorain and Elyria municipal courts, including a drunken driving conviction from 1993.

Alvarez is being held on a $500,000 bond.

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