A man was found dead Thursday morning on a Fullerton street, the apparent victim of a hit-and-run motorist, and officers later arrested a 24-year-old woman they suspect of hitting him while driving drunk.
An unknown trouble call about 3:30 a.m. brought officers to Orangethorpe Avenue east of Harbor Boulevard, where they found the man lying dead in the number 3 eastbound lane, said Fullerton police Corporal Billy Phu.
The man’s “significant” injuries led officers to believe he had been struck by a vehicle, Phu said.
About 4:10 a.m., “Officers located a white sedan away from the crime scene with significant damage,” Phu said. Officers detained the alleged driver of the Ford sedan, Katya Gladys Garcia-Ayala, 24, of Tustin for suspicion of felony hit-and-run and DUI.
Her car was found about a block away, in the parking lot of a Burlington Coat Factory store, Phu said.
Eastbound Orangethorpe Avenue was shut down between Harbor Boulevard and Pomona Avenue for the investigation, he said.
The victim’s name was not immediately released as investigators were working to confirm his identity, Phu said.