Newport Beach Police have arrested a man on suspicion of DUI and failure to remain at the scene after he struck and killed a woman and her dog Sunday morning.
KTLA reports that the fatal crash happened at approximately 6:34 a.m. as a woman was crossing the intersection of Irvine Avenue and Mesa Drive on Sunday, September 6th.
Police say that 31-year-old Ali Zohair Fakhreddine was driving southbound on Irvine Avenue when he ran a red light, striking the woman and her pet.
According to a statement issued by the California Highway Patrol, Fakhreddine did not stop or attempt to render aid to the victim but instead kept heading southbound on Irvine Avenue. Paramedics pronounced the woman and her dog dead at the scene.
Officials have not released any further details about the victim pending notification of family members. She was reportedly a resident of Newport Beach.
Approximately three hours after the fatal hit-and-run crash, the Riverside Police Department informed the California Highway Patrol that it had apprehended and arrested Fakhreddine.
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A spokesperson for the Riverside Police Department said that Fakhreddine, a resident of Riverside, had fresh damage to the front end his 2014 Hyundai that was consistent was consistent with a motor vehicle-pedestrian crash. He is being held on suspicion of DUI and failure to stay at the scene.
The accident is currently under investigation. Anyone with any information about the fatal crash is being asked to contact Officer J. Patterson with the California Highway Patrol’s Santa Ana Office at (714) 567-7000.