A man suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in a hit-and-run crash in West Covina that left a woman dead was in custody today.
Rick Dale Moore, of Long Beach, was walking south on Magnolia Street in a marked crosswalk at Katella Avenue when he was struck by a pickup truck speeding east on Katella, the CHP said.
Deborah Betance, a teacher at Longfellow Elementary School, appeared in court Wednesday to face charges she crashed into a woman and then fled in Belmont Heights last year. School officials say Betance has been suspended from her job.
The woman was walking in a crosswalk at Pacific Coast Highway and Harbor Avenue when the driver hit her and then fled, police said.
Community members, along with city leaders, have rallied behind the Palacios family for more than a month after the deaths of 42-year-old Jose and 3-year-old Samantha when a pickup truck crashed into the family’s studio apartment on March 1.
“This bar has had a long history of community complaints and disruptive and potentially illegal activity,” said Councilman Rex Richardson, who is also running for mayor.
Police said speed may have been a factor in the collision.
As her loved-ones grieve, police are still searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck a 41-year-old woman on Fourth Street last month.
Police said the crash happened around 10:17 p.m. on Dec. 24 in the area of Atherton Street and Montair Avenue.
The suspect vehicle is an early to mid-2000’s model, dark-color Toyota Camry with tinted windows and a missing hub cap on the front driver’s side tire, police said in a news release today.