My News LA reported recently that driving under the influence (DUI) is believed to have played a role in a tragically fatal motor vehicle accident that took place in Riverside on the evening of Saturday, April 17, 2021.
According to a news release issued by the Riverside Police Department, the incident took place between 7:50 p.m. and 7:55 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Saturday, April 17, 2021 along Mission Inn Avenue, west of Indian Hill Road. A man from Laguna Niguel, 22 years of age, was driving a red 2003 Ford Ranger pickup truck eastbound on Mission Inn Avenue while a woman was in the middle of the roadway caring for an injured dog that was lying in the road. The woman stood up in the eastbound lane of the roadway, directly in the path of the oncoming Ranger, and was struck by the pickup.
She suffered major injuries in the incident and was pronounced dead at the accident scene, while the pickup driver fled toward downtown Riverside. Fortunately, a witness tailed the driver and he was eventually arrested by police and booked into the Robert Pressley Detention Center on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and driving under the influence (DUI). His bail was set at one million dollars.