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Tahoe college soccer player arrested in hit-and-run death

This photo provided by the El Dorado Sheriff's Office shows Marlon Cruz. Cruz, a 20-year-old soccer player at Lake Tahoe Community College was arrested Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 as a suspect in a hit-and-run accident that killed an elderly man who was crossing a street the night before in South Lake Tahoe, California. (El Dorado Sheriff's Office via AP)
This photo provided by the El Dorado Sheriff's Office shows Marlon Cruz. Cruz, a 20-year-old soccer player at Lake Tahoe Community College was arrested Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 as a suspect in a hit-and-run accident that killed an elderly man who was crossing a street the night before in South Lake Tahoe, California. (El Dorado Sheriff's Office via AP)

A 20-year-old soccer player at Lake Tahoe Community College was arrested Monday in a hit-and-run that killed a man crossing a street in South Lake Tahoe, California, police said.

The victim in his 70s was struck Sunday night along Lake Tahoe Boulevard outside a crosswalk, police said.

Hours later, Marlon Cruz, a sophomore starting goalie for the soccer team, walked into the police station and told officers he may have been involved in an accident, police said.

Cruz was charged with felony hit-and-run and booked into El Dorado County Jail where his bail was set at $75,000.

The team's website says he's from Idaho Falls, Idaho. It's unclear if he has a lawyer or will be appointed one at an upcoming court appearance.

The victim's name hasn't been released. Police said he was thrown onto a sidewalk when he was hit by the car and later pronounced dead at the scene.

College President Jeff DeFranco expressed the school's condolences to the man's family.

"While we don't fully know the circumstances involved, leaving the scene of an accident is never the right call and we are relieved that Mr. Cruz decided to turn himself in," DeFranco said.

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