Driver Arrested In Costa Mesa DUI Hit-And-Run

CBS News Los Angeles reported a follow up on a recent story in which a woman walking her dog was killed by an allegedly intoxicated driver, noting that the driver has been located and placed under arrest by local authorities. 

A 31-year-old Riverside man has been apprehended by Riverside Police Department, according to a report from the California Highway Patrol, and they have impounded a silver Hyundai Sonata with damage on the front end consistent with accident reconstructions. The details of how Riverside could locate and identify the suspect were not released. 

The initial incident took place around 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, when a Newport Beach woman lawfully crossing a Costa Mesa crosswalk at the corner of Irvine Avenue and Mesa Drive with her dog was struck and killed by the Hyundai after the vehicle ran a red light. The driver failed to stop, continuing south on Irvine Avenue. 

The driver has been convicted of DUI-related offenses twice before and faces felony counts of murder, driving under the influence (DUI) causing injury, hit-and-run with permanent and serious injury, and driving with a blood-alcohol (BAC) level exceeding .08%, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. He is being held in Orange County Jail on $1 million bail.

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