HESPERIA –A 15-year-old Hesperia boy was struck and killed as he walked in a bicycle path in Hesperia on Thursday morning.
At around 11:34 a.m. Moises Chequete was struck from behind as he walked northbound on Santa Fe Avenue East, north of Mission Street. The driver, later identified as 20-year-old Benjamin Harrity of Hesperia attempted to leave the scene but a witness followed and he was taken into custody shortly after at C Avenue and Yucca Street. Harrity was determined to be under the influence and was arrested without incident.
Chequete was transported to Desert Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead as a result of his injuries. Santa Fe Avenue East was closed in both directions from Fir Street to Mission Street until around 5:00 p.m. for evidence collection and witness interviews.
Harrity was booked at the High Desert Detention Center for Felony hit and run and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. He is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail and is scheduled to appear at the Victorville Superior Court on Monday afternoon.
The investigation is on-going and anyone with information regarding the collision is asked to contact Deputy Jeremy DeBerg at the Hesperia Sheriff’s Station, (760)947-1500.
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