Los Angeles County Fire crews at the scene of the hit-and-run fatality. Courtesy of OnScene.TV
California Highway Patrol officers at the scene of the hit-and-run fatality. Courtesy of OnScene.TV

A 22-year-old motorist suspected of fatally striking an 83-year-old grandmother on a Santa Fe Springs street and leaving the scene was arrested Tuesday after surrendering at a sheriff’s station.

The woman, who was identified as Porfiria Salgado of Whittier, was struck at 7:20 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Telegraph Road and Inez Street and pronounced dead at the scene, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The suspect — identified by the CHP as Justin Brooks of Whittier — turned himself in at the sheriff’s Norwalk Station late Monday or early this morning, Lt. Eric Smitson told City News Service.

Sheriff’s officials held the suspect until CHP investigators took custody of him, Smitson said.

Brooks was booked on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, CHP Sgt. Armando Perdomo said. He was being held at the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station, his bail set at $50,000, according to sheriff’s online inmate records.

Salgado’s grandson, Juan Jaimes, told reporters the woman had been visiting for about two months from Mexico, where she had a ranch and livestock. Salgado had just taken her 9-year-old granddaughter to dance class when she was killed.

Jaimes said when he reached the scene, he was told his grandmother was “still breathing, she still has a pulse.”

“I wait, and then I see they ended up covering her,” he told NBC4.

The woman was struck less than a quarter-mile from her daughter’s home.

“She just comes and visits, you know, visits her grandchildren, and this happens, which shouldn’t have happened,” Jaimes told the station.

—City News Service

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