Woman Killed By Alleged DUI Driver in Costa Mesa

KTLA 5 News reported Sunday on the arrest of a suspected DUI driver after a hit-and-run accident led to the death of a pedestrian and her pet in Costa Mesa. 

A 31-year-old Riverside man was southbound on Irvine Avenue in a 2014 Hyundai around 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning when he allegedly ran a red light at the intersection with Mesa Drive, according to spokespeople from the California Highway Patrol. While crossing through the intersection, he hit a Newport Beach woman and her dog as they lawfully crossed the crosswalk, and then continued driving away without stopping. Both the woman and the dog were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident according to first responders. 

The California Highway Patrol also reported that Riverside Police located the driver about three hours later, with fresh damage to the front of his car. They have not released other details about how they located the vehicle and driver to make the arrest which was for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) and being involved in a hit-and-run crash.

Witnesses or bystanders with any information about the cause of the collision are asked to call the Santa Ana office of the California Highway Patrol at 714-567-6000.

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