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Officer Turns In Brother For Hit-And-Run

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A police officer in California turned in his brother after a hit-and-run claimed the life of a pedestrian on Dec. 31.

Police say Kong Yang, 33, was in the road when Cody Sanders allegedly hit him early in the morning, reports KFSN.

"We don't know what [Yang's] alcohol level was but we do know he was in the roadway when he was struck in and not in a crosswalk," Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said. "Which would generally make the primary collision factor pedestrian caused but still Cody Sanders has a responsibility to stop and he didn't."

After a passerby found Yang's dead body a few hours later in the bushes, detectives rushed to the scene.

There, one of the officers learned details about the car and driver that made him suspicious.

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Afterwards, he called his brother, Cody Sanders, and asked if he had been involved in a collision.

The brother admitted he had hit something while driving home from work the night before.

"He's a security guard at Club Imperio and he was driving westbound in the number one lane and that he had hit something that he thought was either a dog or a sign," Dyer said, recalling what the officer later relayed to him of the conversation.

After calling his girlfriend, Sanders went back to the area. When he did not see anything unusual, he left the scene but his conscience eventually kicked in.

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Sanders' detective brother convinced the man to come down to the police station, where he was arrested.

He is now facing one count of felony hit-and-run. Despite the arrest, however, he and his brother reportedly remain on good terms.

News of the police officer's actions quickly stunned many on the internet.

"Thats called integrity doing the right thing even when nobody's looking or might not find out," wrote one person on KFSN's Facebook post about the incident. "I pray God blesses that officer comforts the family in this time of mourning I also pray for the man arrested ."

According to a YouCaring page set up by a friend of the family, the victim left behind a wife and four children, one only 2 months old.

"Kong Yang was a kind hearted, loving person always had a big smile," the page reads. "He loved and cared for so many, had so much ahead of him."

"During this time we would like to ask for any donations to help with funeral arrangements," the page adds. "All donations will go to his wife Teeg Lee. Thank You all for your support."

Sources: KFSN, KFSN/Facebook, YouCaring / Featured Image: Franck Michel/Flickr / Embedded Images: Coolcaesar/Wikimedia Commons, Klaus with K/Wikimedia Commons

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