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Tempe man arrested in hit-run death of real estate mogul's son

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Daniel Pollack died in a Sept. 11, 2011, hit-and-run in Scottsdale.

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Posted: Friday, September 23, 2011 8:32 pm | Updated: 10:39 pm, Fri Sep 23, 2011.

Scottsdale police Friday night announced an arrest in the hit-and-run death of a prominent East Valley commercial real estate tycoon's son.

Sgt. Mark Clark said in an email that Cristino Torres-Romero, 33, of Tempe was arrested Friday afternoon after an anonymous tip on Tuesday. He said Torres-Romero was arrested without incident and his Ford F-150 pickup truck showed evidence consistent with the damage that would have resulted from an impact with Daniel Pollack, 31, of Chandler in the early hours of Sept. 11.

Clark said Torres-Romero admitted to fleeing after striking Pollack on Hayden Road north of Thomas Road and is being held in the Scottsdale City Jail on one felony count of leaving the scene of a fatal collision.

Pollack's family had offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the hit-and-run. His father is shopping center owner and philanthropist Michael Pollack.

After the arrest, Michael and Cheryl Pollack released the following statement: “Last week we laid our son Daniel to rest. The arrest by the Scottsdale Police Department tonight cannot bring our son back, but it does bring our family’s gratitude and appreciation to Detective Rodger Paliwoda and the entire department for a job well done. They have taken a hit and run suspect off the streets and proven that the law will do right when people do wrong. Thank you to law enforcement, the public, our friends, family and everyone who has helped and provided kind words and prayers.”

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