Two street-racing drivers suspected in the hit-and-run killing of an innocent pedestrian in Moreno Valley were in custody Monday.
The driver of a black Jeep Cherokee was arrested on suspicion of murder and crimes related to street racing, while the driver of a blue Chevy Camaro was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and street-racing crimes, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
While the drivers allegedly took off after the victim was struck, they both later contacted sheriff’s deputies and were then arrested.
The pedestrian was struck at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday while crossing Sunnymead Boulevard east of Heacock Street, according to the 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 the Cherokee allegedly 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.
Moreno Valley is the second largest city in Riverside County and is just east of the city of Riverside along the 60 freeway.
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