Moreno Valley

19-Year-Old Woman Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash in Riverside

Investigators are still working to determine the primary cause of the collision.

After a 19-year-old woman was killed Friday morning in a hit-and-run crash in Riverside, police have arrested a man in connection with the crash.

The woman, who was a Moreno Valley resident, was driving westbound on Magnolia Avenue in a Nissan Sentra before the crash around 5:50 Friday morning, Riverside police said in a statement. When she drove into an intersection at Tyler Street, she was struck by a gray van that had been traveling southbound on Tyler Street.

Just after the collision, the woman's car crashed into an "electrical pole in the center median of Magnolia Ave., west of Tyler Street" police noted in a statement.

The woman died at the scene of the crash, police said. Her identity had not been released by the Ricerside County Sheriff Coroner's Office.

"Investigators are still analysing physical evidence, witness statements and available surveillance video to determine the primary cause of the collision," Riverside police said in a statement.

After the crash, the van continued driving southbound on Tyler Street, and was last seen driving near Indiana Avenue and Van Buren Boulevard, according to a witness. The witness notified police and gave them the license plate number of the van.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of a gray van with license plate number 5XGN087 -- registered to a 2001 Dodge Ram Van 3500 Series -- was asked to call police Friday.  

Later around 1:30 p.m. Friday, detectives located the van parked in front of an apartment complex in Riverside, and detained the driver for questioning. 


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Erasto Gomez, a 59-year-old from Riverside, was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for hit-and-run "involving injury or death, and vehicular manslaughter," Riverside police said in a statement. 

Anyone with information about the crash was asked to call Det. Madsen at 951-826-8723.

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