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Driver arrested for alleged hit-and-run

September 24, 2008 8:57:56 AM PDT
Traffic can move pretty fast on Devonshire in Northridge. Most of the drivers won't have time to see the candles and flowers placed on the corner for a young woman killed in a crosswalk by a driver who ran a red light.Residents who didn't even know the victim left flowers, candles and spilled tears over the sad death.

"I feel like if it was somebody in my family I would want them to do that for me. I am just like that," said a local resident.

Peter Perez knew the victim through work.

"She always had a smile on her face and she was very pleasant. She was always willing to help out. She was great. She was awesome," said Perez.

Police said the 19-year-old victim, whose name has not been released, was walking south across Lindley in the 10300 block of North Lindley Avenue at about 5:25 p.m. when a white Jeep Cherokee struck the woman, killing her.

She was a part-time Cal State Northridge student. Notebooks and papers left a trail from the crosswalk, but there was no sign of the person who struck her.

Almost four hours after the victim was hit investigators found the suspect's vehicle abandoned a half mile away. They detained one man.

The actual driver was 42-year-old Marcia Roberts. Roberts was booked on suspicion of felony manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

"It is a shame. If you hit somebody like that and you know that somebody is really hurt how you do not help them is beyond me. It is inhumane," said resident, Tony McIntyre.

"No matter who you are always remember that Jesus forgives. We all make mistakes, but Jesus forgives whatever you've done in the past no matter what," said Perez.

The suspect remains in custody and her bail has been set at $50,000.

 

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