Drunk Driver Kills 15-Year-Old Pedestrian
Drunk Driver Kills 15-Year-Old Pedestrian

A 15-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Hesperia Thursday morning. Police have identified the victim as Moises Chequete of Hesperia. The teenager was walking north on Santa Fe Avenue in a designated bike lane when he was struck from behind by a blue 1992 Chevrolet Corsica. The driver then fled the scene. The pedestrian crash occurred around 11:30 a.m.

Emergency responders rushed Chequete to Desert Valley Hospital in critical condition. Despite life-saving efforts, the teen passed away shortly after in the emergency room.

Witnesses Help Police Locate Hit-and-Run Suspect

A witnessed followed the hit-and-run suspect and helped lead officers to his location. Police then arrested Benjamin Harrity at C Avenue and Yucca Street. According to deputies, the driver was under the influence when he struck the 15-year-old pedestrian. They arrested Harrity for felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter.

Police are still investigating the fatal crash. Anyone with information can contact the Hesperia Sheriff’s Station at (760) 947-1500.

“Thank goodness for quick-thinking witnesses who helped police catch this hit-and-run driver. Our hearts go out to the young victim’s family in the aftermath of this tragedy,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today at (760) 777-7777 for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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