Riverside woman struck, killed on 91 Freeway in Corona; hit-and-run driver arrested – OCRegister

Riverside woman struck, killed on 91 Freeway in Corona; hit-and-run driver arrested - OCRegister

Woman struck, killed by car on 91 Freeway in Corona after getting out of vehicle to check on dogs in backseat

A 33-year-old Riverside woman who pulled over on the 91 Freeway in Corona early Monday morning to help a friend was struck and killed by a passing vehicle, officials said, with California Highway Patrol officers later tracking down and arresting the hit-and-run driver.

The Riverside County Coroner’s Office identified the woman as Desiree Taitano. She died at Riverside Community Hospital about hour after the crash, the coroner said.

Woman Checking on Dogs on 91 Freeway in Corona Is Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver

Three hours after the incident, CHP officers found the driver, identified as Jose Hidalgo, 48, of Corona, at his home. Alcohol was believed to be a factor in the crash, CHP officials said.

Woman struck, killed on 91 freeway in Corona; hit-and-run driver arrested

Taitano and a friend were traveling in separate cars around 2 a.m. on the eastbound 91 near Green River Road, the friend told CHP officials.

The friend pulled over because her dogs were jumping around. Taitano pulled over and got out of her Nissan Altima to help when she was hit.

An empty red pickup truck with front-end damage was found about 500 feet away on the freeway, authorities said. Investigators were searching for the person who may have picked up Hidalgo and drove him home, Quintero said.

A 33-year-old Riverside woman who pulled over on the 91 Freeway in Corona early Monday morning to help a friend was struck and killed by a passing vehicle, officials said, with California Highway Patrol officers later tracking down and arresting the hit-and-run driver.

The Riverside County Coroner’s Office identified the woman as Desiree Taitano. She died at Riverside Community Hospital about hour after the crash, the coroner said.

Three hours after the incident, CHP officers found the driver, identified as Jose Hidalgo, 48, of Corona, at his home. Alcohol was believed to be a factor in the crash, CHP officials said.

Taitano and a friend were traveling in separate cars around 2 a.m. on the eastbound 91 near Green River Road, the friend told CHP officials.

The friend pulled over because her dogs were jumping around. Taitano pulled over and got out of her Nissan Altima to help when she was hit.

An empty red pickup truck with front-end damage was found about 500 feet away on the freeway, authorities said. Investigators were searching for the person who may have picked up Hidalgo and drove him home, Quintero said.


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