A woman in California, USA, was arrested last Monday after being accused of carrying out a fatal hit-and-run that witnesses said involved the victim being dragged and left to die on Saturday, reports said. Leila Gonzalez, 21, of Bell, has been identified by authorities as the driver of the vehicle. Witnesses claim that the driver had stopped briefly after the impact, but went back into her black Audi SUV and “sped off” without helping the victim, Angelina Pinedo, 21, Los Angeles’ KTLA-TV reported.
Pinedo was crossing the street with her sister around 9 p.m. in Redondo Beach, about 20 miles south of Los Angeles, Fox 11 Los Angeles reported. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect was booked on suspicion of the felony hit-and-run that killed the college student at San Francisco State University.
Authorities located the suspected vehicle on Sunday, and said the car was inoperable after the collision, the report said. Police released an image of the SUV, showing large dents on its hood and front end where the victim was allegedly hit, according to KTLA. Gonzalez is being held on $50,000 and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.
A police officer in the United States city of Detroit was arrested by his own colleagues early Saturday and is facing minor drunk driving charges after allegedly slamming into a car stopped at a traffic light. Commander Johnny Thomas, a 20-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.182 at the scene, more than double the legal limit, according to WXYZ, the local ABC station. That’s considered “super drunk” under Michigan law.
Thomas had been driving a department-issued vehicle when he struck a pickup truck at a red light, the station reported. The driver of that truck complained of back pain and was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released.
In a news conference, Detroit police chief James Craig called the incident “very disappointing” and said Thomas had been placed on restricted duty while he is under investigation. Thomas could ultimately face being demoted or even opt for retirement as a result of the incident. Craig also commended the officers for arresting a high-ranking supervisor in their own precinct.
“Certainly it was an uncomfortable position for them to be placed in,” he said. “It’s embarrassing, I guess. You’re supposed to be the police commander. There is a higher standard to operate by,” Andrew Hinton, who lives near the scene and heard the crash, told Fox 2 Detroit.
Thomas, who once ran internal affairs, had been considered a “rising star” in the department, The Detroit News reported.