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Man arrested in Canyon Country hit-and-run

Posted: June 10, 2014 4:09 p.m.
Updated: June 10, 2014 4:09 p.m.

A Valencia man faces a charge of hit and run causing serious injury or death after he allegedly left the scene of a traffic collision in which a 42-year-old man suffered serious injuries, spokesmen for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said Tuesday.

Travis Allen Dejong, 23, was charged after turning himself in Monday at the local sheriff’s station, arrest records indicate.

Dejong was booked in connection with a traffic collision about 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Soledad Canyon Road and Solamint Road in Canyon Country, Traffic Section investigator Sgt. Travis Kelly said Tuesday.

The collision involved a truck and a pedestrian whose identity has not been disclosed, Kelly said.

“He’s alive,” he said about the pedestrian. “He had several broken bones and facial injuries.”

Sgt. Rich Cohen said the suspect turned himself in to investigators Monday before being booked for alleged hit and run causing serious injury/death.

One witness told The Signal the pedestrian was knocked 50 feet into the air in the Saturday night collision.

“I was at a red light at the intersection of Soledad and Solamint when a truck in the lane next to me comes zooming by, at least 60 miles per hour, striking a middle-aged Hispanic man and sending him flying 50 feet,” she wrote on a post on The Signal’s Facebook page.

“The driver came to a compete stop and then sped away,” she wrote. “My friend was able to translate to police officers and paramedics and get the man’s family to the scene, but he appeared to be in critical condition when he was taken away.

“It was very dark so I didn’t get a good look at the truck, but it appeared to be a smaller, somewhat newer model pickup truck, possibly black, charcoal or gray,” she said.

Dejong, described by arresting deputies as unemployed, remains in custody with bail set at $50,000. He is scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court Wednesday.
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Lotus8: Posted: June 10, 2014 4:42 p.m.

Undoubtedly the driver was drunk or high, or else he would probably have stayed at the scene.

Unreal: Posted: June 11, 2014 12:55 p.m.

A lot of people are just scared. Looks like his conscience got to him though and he turned himself in. I hope the pedestrian is going to be ok.

I have run two lights in the decades I have been driving. Just totally missed them. Not sure what I was doing but I don't talk on cellphones in the car. I was lucky that nobody was hurt including me. There were no cars going the other way and no pedestrians. Sometimes you just aren't paying attention like you should and accidents happen.

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