SANTA MARIA – A man and his dog were killed Tuesday night while enjoying an evening walk when a 19-year-old driver lost control of vehicle and slammed into the pair.
Police were dispatched to the 2100 block of N. Blosser Road just before 7 p.m. for a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian accident, where they found a 56-year-old man and his dog dead. The driver and his passenger had fled the scene on foot, according to witnesses.
Investigators believe the unidentified man and his dog were walking west along Blosser on the roadway’s edge when they were struck by a 1990 Honda CRX traveling southbound on the road. Witnesses told responding officers the driver lost control of the vehicle and smashed into chain link fence on the east side of the roadway, police said.
The victim and his dog were pronounced dead at the scene, where the alleged driver, Alvino Corona, 19, of Santa Maria, and his wife, Veronica Corona, 18, returned more than an hour after the fatal collision.
Alvino Corona was arrested at the accident site and booked for felony hit-and-run. His wife, who was a passenger in the Honda CRX at the time of the deadly crash, was released from the scene, police said.
The fatality is still under investigation and anyone with further information is urged to call the Santa Maria Police Department’s traffic bureau at (805) 928-3781.
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