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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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ohhyaa: Posted: January 21, 2014 7:04 p.m.

She only turned herself in because of the arrest warrant. Disgusting.

Carlitos: Posted: January 21, 2014 8:08 p.m.

Arrested Friday, released Saturday, and this is late Tuesday? OOOOOHHHH!!! Guess Who wrote it!

bobforte: Posted: January 21, 2014 8:33 p.m.

BUt he left out the color of the car involved. This could be important a 1 1/2 years later.

UsualSuspect: Posted: January 22, 2014 9:39 p.m.

Did I miss something, an arrest warrant is issued for a felony, and instead of going out and arresting her when the warrant was issued, the Detective contacted her, told her there was a warrant, then asked to her to turn herself in? My guess is when a felony arrest warrant is issued they do not contact the person and ask them to come down when they feel like it and turn themselves in, the Sheriff's Department contacts you with handcuffs and a ride to jail. Why was she treated differently? I am guessing the gentleman she ran over would have liked it better if she stopped when she hit him and took responsibility. Something is not right with this.

scvforall: Posted: January 22, 2014 12:48 a.m.

They knew each other. There is going to be more to this story.

bobforte: Posted: January 22, 2014 6:22 a.m.

UsualSuspect; It is actually not uncommon for this to happen. Many suspects are cooperative. They know the police are building a case. When it comes time to the arrest, the detective will often call the person to turn themselves in and many do.

It is the same thing that happens in court where people voluntarily surrender themselves. You probably don't see this on TV, but it does happen in real life both scenarios.

cj64: Posted: January 22, 2014 9:17 a.m.

After a year and a half of an investigation where all the participants knew each other, something does'nt seem right.

bobforte: Posted: January 22, 2014 11:09 a.m.

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

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

I am really confused. Does the guy have injuries or not? Maybe this is why it took so long to issue a warrant.

UsualSuspect: Posted: January 22, 2014 2:29 p.m.

@bobforte, the warrant was issued 2 months ago, so why let her run around for 2 months afterwards? The County of Los Angeles has a few million felony warrants active in the system, and my guess is there was no courtesy call asking them to come in. The last time I checked a warrant is a Court Order for Law Enforcement to produce the person to the Magistrate without delay if they have information or knowledge of the person's whereabouts. If the Detective called her when it was issued, why didn't he/she follow the law and produce the person 2 months ago when the warrant was issued?

Unreal: Posted: January 22, 2014 2:34 p.m.

It sounds like everyone involved knew their were some issues with this case and whether it was really going to be charged. She more than likely wanted to get past the holidays and arrange bail for herself. Not everyone is a desperado and needs to have a swat team sent out.

bobforte: Posted: January 22, 2014 4:00 p.m.

UsualSuspect: How many is a few million. In 2012, the number was roughly 2 million.

I don't know. Why let her run around. Maybe walk. We don't know the facts. Maybe she wasn't in the area to be arrested. Was she out of town or out of state?

What is the law that says the detective and law enforcement have to produce the the person without delay to a magistrate?

bobforte: Posted: January 22, 2014 4:08 p.m.

Interesting also is she was booked for 20001(a) of the vehicle code which is a felony with bail of only $50,000. Because this story is weak, we don't know why there was an extra $100,000 attached to the bail.

Carlitos: Posted: January 22, 2014 8:05 p.m.

"Because this story is weak," . . .
Bob, why should this "old news" item in the Signal be any different than the rest?

UsualSuspect: Posted: January 23, 2014 9:16 p.m.

bobforte: What do you think an arrest warrant is? It is a Court Order signed by a Magistrate ordering Law Enforcement to arrest the person. The Supreme Court ruled in the late 70's that Law Enforcement had to make an effort to serve warrants in a timely fashion, and not arresting an individual pursuant to a warrant was a violation of a Court Order and the Officer could be held in Contempt of Court, and prosecuted for violating an Order issued by the Court. This is law school 101 and why LEO's have to be careful about ignoring warrant, they are Court Orders.
I still don't understand why they showed up down the street and arrested an unemployed guy in front of his kids for not paying child support. He did not get a phone call asking him to turn himself in, and guess what, he had paid, there was a clerical error. I am guessing in LA County they pick and choose who gets the call, and how long they can wait to show up. Had he been called he could have shown up with proof he had paid. As it was, he sat all weekend, was lucky someone decided to represent him for free, but showed the Court he had paid. --edited.

timothymyers02: Posted: January 23, 2014 10:07 a.m.


LOT OF hearsay in that last post.

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