A suspect in a hit-and-run crash in Palmdale last weekend that left a teenager and a young man dead turned himself in Friday, sheriff’s officials reported.
The crash occurred about 10:20 p.m. last Saturday near 10th Street West and Avenue O-8, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Sergio Martinez, 18, and Albert Cruz, 17, both of Palmdale, died at the scene.
William Alexander Marquez, 34, who had been publicly named as the suspect sought on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run in, surrendered late Friday morning, according to sheriff’s Detective Danielle Day.
The detective alleged that Marquez was speeding away from a crash at Rancho Vista Boulevard and 10th Street West when he crashed into a vehicle carrying the fatally injured victims, then fled on foot.
Two other people were hurt, but declined to be transported to an area hospital, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Police investigators spoke with Marquez’s attorney Thursday, and coordinated a time for him to turn himself in, Day said.
“We put out the bulletin for his arrest and I guess he got word of it, got a lawyer and walked himself into the station today,” she told a videographer outside the Palmdale sheriff’s station.
She said the victims were “great kids, and it shows in how many people wanted to help” by sending in tips to help detectives identify and locate the driver.
Relatives of the victims hugged and cried outside the sheriff’s station, with one family member asking that people “just don’t forget about them” and several others thanking the community for sending in tips.