PALMDALE – A 23-year-old man was struck and killed near a Palmdale intersection early Friday morning. The driver who fled and then returned to the scene was arrested for felony hit and run and driving on a suspended license, authorities said.
Around 3:39 a.m. Friday, Palmdale sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an injured man lying in the street at the intersection of Rancho Vista Boulevard (Avenue P) and 15th Street East, according to deputy J. Heald.
The man, later identified as 23-year-old Adolfo Cornavaca of Palmdale, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A preliminary investigation revealed a black Honda Accord was traveling eastbound on Rancho Vista Boulevard when it struck Cornavaca, who was walking southbound across the eastbound lanes, Heald stated.
The Honda fled the scene, and the driver was later identified when he returned to the scene.
Mark Horwedel, 28, of Palmdale, was arrested for felony hit and run and driving on a suspended license. Horwedel was booked at the Palmdale Station around 6:44 a.m. on $50,000 bail. He was released after making bail late Friday afternoon, according to LASD inmate records.
Rancho Vista Boulevard was closed to routine traffic, from 10th Street East to 20th Street East, while the incident was being investigated. The roads reopened around 9:30 a.m.
The incident remains under investigation by the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station traffic detail.