Pedestrian Killed after being struck by DUI Driver
On Friday, June 7, 2019 at approximately 8:36 PM, Fullerton Police Officers responded to the north alley of 400 West Avenue regarding reports of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle in the alley. Reporting parties indicated that the suspect vehicle, a silver BMW SUV, had fled westbound in the north alley of West Avenue, and was last seen eastbound on W. Valencia Drive at a high rate of speed.
Upon arrival, officers found a 42-year-old female lying in the alley with serious, life-threatening injuries that appeared consistent with being struck by a vehicle. Fullerton Fire responded and immediately transported the female victim to a local trauma center where she was pronounced deceased.
At approximately 8:40 PM, 4-minutes after the initial call for service, a Fullerton Police Officer located a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description in the area of Harbor Blvd and Berkeley. A traffic stop was initiated and officers contacted the driver, later identified as Angel Palomar Corona (36, Hacienda Heights). Corona, and his vehicle, were identified by multiple witnesses as being the vehicle that struck the pedestrian in the alley.
It was determined that Corona, an unlicensed driver, was operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs.
Corona was placed under arrest for felony DUI-D causing serious bodily injury or death, felony Hit & Run causing serious bodily injury or death, and being an unlicensed driver. He was booked at the Fullerton City Jail.
The victim’s identity will be released by the Orange County Coroner upon notification of next of kin.
This is an on-going investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Fullerton PD Collision Investigator Keen at (714) 738-6812. Those wishing to provide information anonymously can call the Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1(855) TIP-OCCS or can visit their website at www.p3tips.com/913.
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