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Man Responsible for Striking Hesperia Boy with Vehicle Killing Him Out on Bail

Man Responsible for Striking Hesperia Boy with Vehicle Killing Him Out on Bail

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HESPERIAThe man responsible for the death of a 15-year-old Hesperia boy who was walking on Santa Fe Avenue East, north of Mission Street in the City of Hesperia was released on bail last week.

Authorities said that on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at around 11:34 p.m. Moises Chequete was walking alone, north on east roadway edge of Santa Fe Avenue when a 1992 blue Chevrolet Corsica struck him. The vehicle, driven by Benjamin Jordan Harrity, 20, failed to stop leaving Chequete lying lifeless on the roadway. A witness followed the suspect vehicle, leading deputies to his whereabouts. Harrity was taken into custody shortly after on C Avenue and Yucca Street. Harrity was determined to be under the influence of an undisclosed type of drugs at the time of the incident.

Chequete was rushed to Desert Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Harrity was booked into the High Desert Detention Center and is facing charges of Vehicular Manslaughter without Gross Negligence, Driving Under the Influence of a Drug Causing Injury, and  Hit and Run Driving Resulting in Death. He was released on $250,000 bail on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, and is scheduled to appear at the Victorville Superior Court for an arraignment hearing on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

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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This article was written by a staff member of the 24/7 Headline News Organization

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  • Benjamin Harrity and Moises Chequete: Patricia J. Rocha/Facebook
  • Janie Palubin

    I hope he shows up for court.

  • Julie

    Time to get his affairs in order. He’s going away for awhile. Just keep him from behind the wheel.