RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. – The suspect who struck a vehicle while driving erratically and fled from the scene has been arrested.
At around 10:24 p.m. on March 27, 2019, deputies from the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department responded to the report of a traffic collision on Foothill Boulevard and Hellman Avenue. Deputies learned that the suspect, later identified as Miguel Mendoza, 36, of Gardena, was witnessed driving eastbound on Foothill Boulevard from the City of Upland into the City of Rancho Cucamonga. Mendoza was seen weaving in and out of traffic and running red lights. As he got to Hellman Avenue, he again ran a red light , striking the vehicle of Alanna Abbott, 28, of Pomona, who was making a left turn on a green arrow to drive southbound on Hellman Avenue.
The vehicles came to a rest and Mendoza exited his vehicle, fleeing from the scene. Mendoza was identified as the suspected hit and run driver. Abbott was transported to the hospital in critical but stable condition. On Thursday, March 28, 2019, deputies learned the whereabouts of Mendoza. An arrest warrant was obtained and Mendoza was arrested at his Hawthorne home.
Mendoza had injuries consistent with being involved in a traffic collision and was taken to a local hospital for a pre-booking medical check. Mendoza was booked at the West Valley Detention Center where he remains in custody. His bail is set at $50,000. The victim’s medical status remains critical.
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