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Woman who drove truck into pool surrenders, police say

38-year-old Jennifer Benevedo turned herself into Visalia police around 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 - The Visalia Police Department announced an arrested in connection with this hit and run from last week.

Jennifer Benevedo, 38, turned herself in to Visalia police around 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Police say Benevedo made a statement admitting her involvement to the crime.

She was booked into the Bob Wiley Detention Facility for hit and run.

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A Visalia homeowner says he's now forking out thousands of dollars of his own money for something he didn't do.

That's after a pickup plowed through his fence and landed right in his swimming pool.

FOX26 News reporter Amicia Ramsey saw the damage herself and talked to the homeowner.

Garabed Kechloian has lived at his home on Woodland Avenue in Visalia for 40 years and has never had to deal with this. "People in the pool, but cars? I didn't even know if anyone ever had that happen to them," said Kechloian.

The 91-year-old was at work Wednesday when police say a woman driving a white Chevy pick-up truck took down his fence and landed in his pool.

Neighbors say after going for a swim, she took off on foot.

Kechloian said, "She should have stayed there. When the police arrived, she was gone."

Kechloian says his pool tile is okay but thinks he needs to replace about 45 feet of his fence.

The fire department temporarily put a metal fence around the pool.

A crane was used to lift the truck out of the pool.

Kechloian is now draining the pool. "The automobile apparently had oil and gas and whatever else, probably ainti freez. in the pool so they had to drain it clean," says Kechloian.

He says pulling the truck out, draining, cleaning and repairs to the pool and fence is costing him thousands. "If I had no insurance, I may be a little more emotional about it," said Kechloian.


Police want to find the woman responsible.

If you know who the woman is, you're asked to call the Visalia Police Department at (559) 734-8117.

The woman faces hit and run charges at the very least.


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