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Saugus woman turns herself in concerning hit and run

Posted: January 21, 2014 6:47 p.m.
Updated: January 21, 2014 6:47 p.m.

A Saugus woman has turned herself in concerning a hit and run that happened more than a year and a half ago.

Imelda Gonzalez Lara, 53, was formally arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run causing serious injury after going to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Friday, according to a local sheriff’s detective and arrest log documents.

On May 15, 2012, a man was hit by a car in the driveway of a home in Saugus, north of Saugus High School, Sheriff’s Detective Doyle Winslow told The Signal Tuesday.

“He had a broken arm, fractured ribs and two broken vertebrae,” Winslow said. “He has lasting injuries.”

About two months ago, Winslow issued a warrant for Lara’s arrest.

“I advised her about the existence of the arrest warrant and I advised her that she should turn herself in,” the detective said.

Lara lives north of Saugus High School and, according to arrest records, works as a financial records supervisor,

She and the man allegedly injured know each other, Winslow said.

She was arrested Friday shortly after 7:30 p.m. and charged with one felony count recommended by Winslow to Los Angeles County District Attorney prosecutors pertaining to Section 20001(a) of the state’s vehicle code.

The section states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.”

Lara’s bail was set at $150,000.

The latest information released by the sheriff’s Inmate Information Center shows Lara was released from custody Saturday morning shortly before 6:30 a.m.


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