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2 Arrested In Hit-And-Run Death Of Dennis Nix

Heinz Raino Cortado (left) and Brendan Wallace (right). Booking photos via SFPD.  
By Rose Garrett - Published on April 11, 2016.

Two suspects have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the Nov. 22nd hit-and-run on San Jose Avenue that killed 60-year-old Dennis Nix, who was riding a motor scooter at the time. Nix lived near Monterey Boulevard but was deeply involved with the Castro community; he was on his way home from a party for his running club at the time of the collision. 

Today, police announced the arrest of Brendan Wallace, 32, of Broadmoor, on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, felony hit & run and providing false information to peace officers. Police suspect Wallace of being the driver of the silver-colored Mercedes involved in the fatal collision.

A second suspect, Heinz Raino Cortado, 34, also of Broadmoor, was booked for felony accessory to the hit & run and providing false information to peace officers. Police say that he's suspected of being the driver of a getaway vehicle which picked up the driver of the Mercedes near the scene of the crime.

Per SFPD:

Although an arrest has been made, this incident is still under investigation by the SFPD Traffic Collision Investigation Unit. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Michael Alexander at the TCIU at (415) 553-1641 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD or anonymously at 415-575-4444.

Nix was remembered by friends as an avid runner, diver, skier, and involved member of San Francisco's LGBTQ community.


A memorial to Nix was set up at 18th and Castro in November. (Photo: Brian Ray/Hoodline)

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