LANCASTER – A woman was found dead on the side of the road in Lancaster, following a suspected hit and run Saturday night, authorities said.
The incident was reported around 7:20 p.m. on Saturday, May 9. A man discovered the victim near Avenue L and Challenger Way and alerted authorities, according to Lt. Clinton Skaggs of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
The man also reported seeing a car with front-end damage further down the road, Skaggs said.
When deputies arrived, they determined the woman was a pedestrian who had been hit by a car. Los Angeles County firefighters pronounced her dead at the scene.
Deputies also found a blue Nissan sedan abandoned on the side of the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, not far from where the body was found, Skaggs said.
“You never know who was driving at the time,” Skaggs said. Deputies will now attempt to contact the vehicle’s registered owner, he said.
The coroner’s office identified the woman by her fingerprints and determined she was about 50 years old. Authorities have not yet released her name to the public.
UPDATE: Lancaster Sheriff’s Station Traffic Detectives investigated the collision and subsequently arrested the suspected hit-and-run driver, Octavio TrejoCabrera. The 29-year-old man was arrested Sunday afternoon on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit and run causing injury or death. He was booked at the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Based on witness statements and evidence found at the collision scene, detectives determined the blue Nissan Sentra was traveling westbound on Avenue L when it went off the roadway and onto the dirt shoulder, striking the female pedestrian that was walking on the north dirt shoulder.