MORENO VALLEY – A 20-year-old, Perris resident died after she was struck by a hit and run driver Tuesday, March 28. The deadly accident happened on Ironwood Avenue east of Zantar Lane in Moreno Valley.
Coroner’s officials later identified Tatiana Flores as the pedestrian who was killed. She died at Riverside University Health System Medical Center in Moreno Valley at 10:52 p.m. Coroner’s officials had not yet determined what time Flores was fatally struck.
Moreno Valley Police and Fire personnel and AMR medics responded to reports of the major injury hit and run traffic collision about 10:13 p.m., according to Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant William Stens.
Emergency first responders arrived within minutes of the dispatched call and quickly found the pedestrian down in the roadway. She was suffering from major traumatic injuries from being struck.
Officials determined the driver that struck the pedestrian, who was later identified as Flores, had not stopped after the deadly collision, had not attempted to render aid to the injured pedestrian and had fled the scene before deputies arrived.
AM medics transported Flores to RUHS, where she later succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead by hospital staff.
Members of the Moreno Valley Traffic Reconstruction Team responded and assumed the investigation.
“The vehicle was described as a black sedan and will have significant front end damage,” Stens said about the hit and run vehicle.
All lanes of Ironwood Avenue were closed between Heacock and Davis Streets while deputies conducted their investigation.
Officials reopened the roadway to regular traffic several hours later.
Anyone with information regarding this incident or who witnessed the deadly hit and run is encouraged to contact Moreno Valley police officials at (951) 486-6700. Callers can refer t incident file number MV170870463 and can remain anonymous.
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Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg and breaking his back in an off-duty accident.
During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.
Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.