A woman suspected of running over and killing a 38-year-old pedestrian in Nuevo and then fleeing the scene was out of custody Tuesday on a $75,000 bond.
Rita Michelle Quintana, 47, of Nuevo allegedly perpetrated the hit-and-run that claimed the life of Maria Estrada of Perris on the night of Jan. 12.
Quintana was identified by California Highway Patrol officers and arrested without incident on Jan. 18. She was booked into the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside on suspicion of hit-and-run resulting in death. However, she posted bail the same day and was released.
According to the CHP, about 7 p.m. on Jan. 12, the suspect was at the wheel of a Chevrolet Malibu going westbound on Montgomery Avenue, just north of Nuevo Road, when she allegedly plowed into Estrada, who was walking in the roadway.
Officer Javier Navarro alleged that, rather than “stopping to render aid to the victim,” Quintana floored her Chevy, racing away from the location.
Riverside County Fire Department paramedics pronounced Estrada dead at the scene less than 20 minutes later.
It was unclear whether she had stepped into the road to cross it, or had entered the westbound traffic lane for some other reason.
“Investigating officers were able to identify critical pieces of evidence at the scene, which provided leads on a possible suspect vehicle color, make and model,” Navarro said. “The vehicle was eventually located and associated with Quintana.”
Background information on the suspect was unavailable.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the CHP’s Riverside office at 951-637-8000.