Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A 72-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Huntington Beach and a 27-year-old woman suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs while driving the SUV that struck him was arrested about a mile away, police said Monday.

The man, whose name was withheld pending family notifications, was found lying in the roadway by officers responding about 9:45 p.m. Sunday to a report of a vehicle-versus-pedestrian hit-and-run crash in the 16800 block of Pacific Coast Highway, according to Huntington Beach police.

Paramedics rushed the man to UCI Medical Center in Irvine, where he was admitted in critical condition and later succumbed to his injuries, police said.

Witnesses told investigators the man was struck by a white Nissan Xterra and one of them directed officers to where the SUV was located, about a mile from the crash scene, police said.

“The vehicle had recent collision damage consistent with striking a pedestrian,” according to a police statement. “Officers contacted the driver and sole occupant who has been identified as Laura Ferreira, a 27-year-old female from Huntington Beach.”

Ferreira was interviewed at the scene and arrested on suspicion of DUI and felony hit-and-run resulting in death, police said.

According to the preliminary investigation, the Xterra was headed south on PCH when it veered to the right and hit the man, who was about to enter a legally parked silver 2015 Ford Fiesta, police said.

— City News Service

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