HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding a driver who fled the scene of an accident that claimed the life of a 62-year-old woman.
It happened at 7:47 am, on April 17, 2018, at the intersection of Main Street and Balsam Avenue in Hesperia.
Upon arrival, first responders found a female down in the roadway suffering from major injuries as a result of the collision. Despite efforts from rescue personnel, the 62-year-old female was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The driver of the vehicle involved in the collision never bothered to stop and check on the victim and fled the scene immediately. Witnesses were able to provide responding units with a description and direction of travel.
Deputies searching the area located an unoccupied, silver in color, 2001 Ford Expedition abandoned in the desert off Topaz Avenue, north of Live Oak Street, several miles from the collision scene. The vehicle was determined to have been involved, and an extensive search of the area for the driver was conducted, including the use of a Sheriff’s tracking K-9 along with Sheriff’s Aviation. Despite the search, the driver was not located near the scene.
Hesperia Station’s Major Accident Investigation Team members along with Detectives from the Hesperia Station are continuing the investigation to locate the driver of the suspect vehicle, and the investigation is ongoing.
Family of the victim are speaking out about the tragedy via social media and said the victim was checking her mail when she was struck by the vehicle.
“Investigators have been able to determine that for reasons unknown, the suspect was traveling west on Main Street when the vehicle left the roadway over the curbing and was traveling down the dirt shoulder. The victim was in front of a residence at the location and was struck by the vehicle as it passed. The vehicle then re-entered the roadway east of Balsam Avenue and continued west without stopping,” stated sheriff’s officials.
Investigators believe there are witnesses to the collision or witnesses who may have seen the badly damaged vehicle fleeing the scene, and anyone who may have information on the collision or suspect driver, is asked to contact Deputy Scott LaFond or Sergeant Doug Hubbard with the Hesperia Station 760-947-1500.
Main Street was closed in both directions until about 1:00 pm while investigators processed the scene for evidence and conducted their investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Hesperia Station at 760-947-1500. Callers wishing to remain anonymous, please contact the We-Tip hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com