A suspected hit-and-run drunken driver was in custody Monday after his pickup truck killed a Good Samaritan woman in Riverside who was in the road trying to help an injured small dog.
The dog had been injured when it was hit by another vehicle.
According to the Riverside Police Department, a 22-year-old Laguna Niguel man was driving a 2003 red Ford Ranger eastbound on Mission Inn Avenue west of Indian Hill Road when his vehicle struck the woman at about 7:53 p.m. Saturday.
The woman victim had been standing in the roadway’s eastbound lanes in the path of the oncoming Ranger, tending to the small dog who had been previously struck by a vehicle, police said.
She suffered major injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.
The Ford Ranger is described by Ford as a mid-size but tough pickup truck.
The driver allegedly fled toward downtown Riverside after the crash but was followed by a witness and eventually arrested by police.
He was identified as Mason Rodney Howard and was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and driving under the influence. He remained jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.
The woman’s identity was withheld pending notification of her family.
There was no word of the condition of the dog.
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