Two men who were allegedly street racing were arrested in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a pedestrian, sheriff’s officials said Sunday.
The pedestrian was struck at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday while crossing Sunnymead Boulevard east of Heacock Street, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Witnesses told investigators that a black Jeep Cherokee had been seen street racing with a blue Chevy Camaro on eastbound Sunnymead Boulevard when it struck the pedestrian, sheriff’s officials said.
The Riverside County coroner’s office said the pedestrian, who died at the scene, was a 45-year-old Moreno Valley man but withheld his name pending notification of his family.
Later that day, deputies were contacted by Jorge Diaz, 20, of Moreno Valley, who identified himself as the driver of the Jeep Cherokee, and Miguel Garcia Valdez, 23, of Perris, who identified himself as the Chevy Camaro’s driver.
Diaz was arrested and booked into custody on suspicion of murder and crimes related to street racing, while Valdez was also arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and street racing-related crimes.
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