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Phoenix PD: Crime scene evidence links suspect to officer Raetz's death

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Phoenix police Officer Daryl Raetz was working a traffic stop around 3:30 a.m. on May 19 when he was hit by another driver who then took off.

But, according to a newly-released police report, that driver left the scene littered with evidence tying him to the crime.

The department has released hundreds of crime scene photos taken in the aftermath of Reatz's death near 51st and Virginia avenues.

Three tow trucks, along with two police vehicles, were parked on the southbound side of 51st Avenue as officers conducted a DUI stop involving a motorcyclist.

All had their emergency lights flashing.

One of those tow trucks blocked both southbound lanes.

The police report states Raetz was standing in front of the horizontally-parked truck, directing traffic, when he stepped into the inside, northbound lane and was hit by an SUV driven by 24-year-old Jesus Cabrera-Molina - who took off in a Green 2000 Ford Expedition.

There is no indication in the report that Raetz was wearing a reflective vest at the time of the accident.

Around 1 p.m., Surprise police officers pulled over an SUV matching the suspect vehicle.

Molina was initially arrested for a small amount of cocaine found in his SUV.

Phoenix police detectives arrived on scene soon after and matched front end bumper fragments, found at the scene where Raetz was hit, to Molina's Expedition.

The report states DNA evidence puts Molina in the vehicle - while DNA from Raetz was found on the SUV's undercarriage.

Molina has denied any involvement in the hit-and-run, telling detectives his Expedition was damaged while off-roading a month prior.

He also said he was home by 9 p.m. the night before and was nowhere near the accident scene.

However, surveillance video from a nearby liquor store shows Molina's undamaged SUV just 90 minutes before the accident that killed Raetz.

In addition, Molina's cell phone activated cellular towers in the area.

Information taken from that phone also shows Molina made calls and sent text messages in reference to a collision.

He has since pleaded not guilty to charges of manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

The police report contends Molina had spent the hours prior to the hit-and-run drinking with friends.

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