Major Injury Hit-and-Run Collision Involving a Pedestrian

Citrus Heights, CA  |  CHPD Special Release
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Angel Huerta. CHPD Photo

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - At approximately 5:40 p.m., on December 27, the Citrus Heights Police Department received a 911 call regarding a vehicle collision involving a skateboarder, on Auburn Boulevard, near Charwood Lane. The caller indicated the skateboarder and the involved vehicle were no longer on scene.

Officers quickly arrived in the area. Responding officers located the skateboarder’s shoes and skateboard, but were unable to locate the skateboarder. Officers secured the scene to preserve any potential evidence while they continued to investigate.

At approximately 5:55 p.m., our communications center received a 911 call from a female who indicated she was involved in a vehicle collision, but did not know where she was at. An additional caller advised the female and the vehicle were in the 6900 block of Mariposa Avenue. The caller stated the female appeared to have major injuries.

Officers quickly responded to the 6900 block of Mariposa Avenue. Officers located a 27 year old female inside a sedan. The driver of the vehicle was not found on scene. It was determined the female had been struck by the vehicle and was thrown through the windshield and into the passenger side of the sedan. Officers were able to conclude the female was the same person who was described as a skateboarder and hit by a vehicle near Auburn Boulevard and Charwood Lane. The female was transported to a local hospital with major, but non-life-threatening, injuries.

Officers searched the area and eventually located an adult male nearby who had injuries on his body along with other physical evidence that were consistent with being involved in a vehicle collision. The male was identified as 27 year old Angel Huerta out of Sacramento. Mr. Huerta was found to be on CDCR Parole for Robbery and Felony DUI.

The Citrus Heights Police Department Traffic Unit responded to the original scene to take over the investigation.

Although it is unknown at this point what the primary cause of the collision was on Auburn Boulevard near Charwood Lane, the preliminary investigation revealed Mr. Huerta struck the adult female with his vehicle while she was riding her skateboard. The force of the impact  caused the adult female to be thrown through the front windshield and into the vehicle. Instead of stopping and rendering aid to the adult female, Mr. Huerta fled the scene with the adult female in his vehicle suffering from major injuries. Mr. Huerta drove to the 6900 block of Mariposa Avenue, pulled over and fled the scene on foot.

Mr. Huerta was arrested for Felony DUI, Felony Hit-and-Run, Kidnapping, and violation of Parole.

The collision is still under investigation by the Citrus Heights Police Department’s Traffic Unit. We are asking anyone who may have information related to the collision to contact the police department at (916) 727-5500.

The Citrus Heights Police Department would like to remind everyone about the extreme dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. If you are going to drink, please make sure to utilize a sober designated driver or a ridesharing option such as Uber or Lyft.