A 42-year-old woman who died from injuries she suffered in a Fullerton hit-and-run crash involving a driver suspected to be high on drugs was publicly identified Monday.
Luz Maria Rodriguez was a Fullerton resident, Supervising Deputy Coroner Artin Baron said.
Officers responded to reports of a pedestrian struck by a silver BMW SUV in the north alley of 400 West Avenue, near South Ford Avenue, at 8:35 p.m. Friday and located the woman with serious, life-threatening injuries that appeared consistent with being struck by a vehicle, Fullerton police Lt. Jon Radus said. The victim now identified as Rodriguez was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, Radus said.
At 8:40 p.m., a Fullerton police officer spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s about a mile-and-a-half away in the area of Harbor Boulevard and Berkeley Avenue, Radus said.
The officer stopped the vehicle and multiple witnesses identified the driver, Angel Palomar Corona, 36, of Hacienda Heights, and the vehicle as involved in the alley crash, Radus said.
“Corona was placed under arrest for felony DUI-D (drugs) causing serious bodily injury or death, felony hit-and-run causing serious bodily injury or death and being an unlicensed driver,” Radus said. “He was booked at the Fullerton City Jail.”
Anyone with information about this hit-and-run was asked to call Fullerton police Collision Investigator Keen at 714-738-6812 or Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-847-6227.
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