VICTORVILLE – The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department announced on Saturday that the person suspected in the fatal hit-and-run collision on Friday has been arrested.
A 17-year-old male from Apple Valley was arrested for the hitting a 63-year-old Victorville woman and fleeing the scene authorities said. The juvenile was also found to be under the influence of drugs at the time of the collision.
The collision occurred at around 7:16 p.m. on Friday evening when the pedestrian, who lived only blocks away, was crossing 7th Street in the marked crosswalk at the Lorene Drive intersection. The 17-year-old male was driving north on 7th Street approaching the intersection and struck the pedestrian. He continued driving north on 7th Street leaving the woman lying in the road.
San Bernardino County Fire, Victorville Sheriff’s station deputies, and AMR responded to the scene and transported the woman to Victor Valley Global Medical Center (VVGMC) in preparation to be airlifted to a trauma center. The woman, before leaving VVGMC succumbed to her injuries. Deputies from the Victorville Station and the Sheriff’s Helicopter (40 King) conducted an area check and located a vehicle that matched the description of the suspect vehicle on La Paz and Mojave Drive.
The 17-year-old driver was detained and information obtained during the investigation linked both him and the vehicle he was driving to the collision. The driver was booked into jail for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of drugs causing great bodily injury or death, and hit and run causing great bodily injury or death.
Seventh Street was closed to traffic both north and southbound between La Paz and Valley Center Drive until 4:15 a.m. on Saturday. his is an ongoing investigation by the Victorville Station Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT). Anyone with information about the collision is requested to contact Deputy Wallace or Deputy Dekeyrel at the Victorville Police Station.
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