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Woman arrested for hit and run crash that killed motorcyclist in Hesperia

HESPERIA, Calif. ( — A woman accused of fleeing the scene after hitting a motorcyclist in a fatal crash last month in Hesperia was arrested in Los Angeles.

On Thursday, October 4th, members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Specialized Enforcement Division arrested Leann Nadia Ohayon, 31, of Hesperia for Manslaughter.

The fatal crash happened on September 12, 2018, at about 8:02 pm, when the victim, Jerry Romero, 29, of Apple Valley, was heading home on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Romero was traveling eastbound when he was struck by a vehicle, just west of the intersection at Main Street and Cottonwood Avenue.

The vehicle, described as a white SUV pulled out of the shopping center on the south-west corner and directly into the path of Romero causing him to be ejected and to sustain fatal injuries. Romero was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Police say they were able to positively identify Ohayon as the suspect through witnesses and surveillance video from the scene.

According to a sheriff’s news release, “investigators determined that Ohayon knowingly fled the scene of the collision and shortly thereafter, abandoned her vehicle at a residence on C. Avenue in Hesperia. Deputies served a search warrant at the C. Avenue address and recovered the vehicle as well as additional evidence.”

Ohayon fled the area and refused to cooperate with investigators. On September 13, 2018, a $1,000,000.00 arrest warrant was issued for Leann Nadia Ohayon for Manslaughter.

At about 1:30 pm, members of the Specialized Enforcement Division, located Leann Nadia Ohayon in the area of 8th and Vermont Street as she was leaving a residence in Los Angeles. Ohayon was taken into custody without incident, transported and booked into the West Valley Detention Center for the manslaughter arrest warrant.

According to booking logs, Ohayon is charged with PC192(A) Voluntary Manslaughter and her bail is set at 1 Million dollars. She is scheduled for arraignment in a Victorville courtroom on October 9, 2018.

Investigators are continuing to investigate if anyone knowingly assisted Ohayon in avoiding her capture. Any persons identified as assisting her will face criminal charges.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy Dustin Whitson or Sergeant Doug Hubbard at the Hesperia Station. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or

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