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Suspect in hit and run was on probation

Posted: June 26, 2014 6:45 p.m.
Updated: June 26, 2014 6:43 p.m.


A Valencia man suspected of being the driver in hit-and-run crash that knocked a pedestrian 50 feet into the air was on probation for a theft conviction at the time of the collision, a Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman said Thursday.

Travis Allen Dejong, 23, turned himself in at the local sheriff’s station on June 9, two days after the alleged hit-and-run crash that occurred about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7 at the intersection of Soledad Canyon Road and Solamint Road in Canyon Country.

He was booked on suspicion of hit and run causing serious injury/death, said Sgt. Rich Cohen, head of the sheriff’s Traffic Section.

The identity of the victim was not released.

On April 24, 2013, Dejong pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of petty theft, District Attorney spokeswoman Shiara Davila-Morales said.

He was sentenced to five days in jail, ordered to pay $868 in “fees, penalties and restitution” and placed on three years summary probation, District Attorney spokesman Ricardo Santiago said Wednesday.

“He remains on probation,” Santiago said.

On June 11, two days after his arrest in connection with the traffic collision, Dejong was released from custody after apparently posting bail, which had been set at $50,000.

A witness told The Signal the pedestrian was knocked 50 feet into the air in the collision.

Although seriously injured, the victim survived the crash, Cohen said Thursday.


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Unreal: Posted: June 27, 2014 11:17 a.m.

Let's hope this incident brings home to this guy Travis how quick his life can change and how he better move down a better path before his life is ruined forever.

BBennetts: Posted: June 27, 2014 11:27 a.m.

When did this happen? Where did this happen? Jeez.

edwards55: Posted: June 27, 2014 1:05 p.m.

he will get three days in jail , just like the stabbing suspect

Unreal: Posted: June 27, 2014 1:49 p.m.

The story was in the Signal 3 weeks ago and it happened in Canyon Country.

edwards55: Posted: June 27, 2014 2:15 p.m.

where at in CC?

src: Posted: June 27, 2014 4:06 p.m.

^Read the article.

johnnyrock: Posted: June 27, 2014 5:10 p.m.

seriously these people need to slow the hell down.....and put their cell phones down too. People drive like they are on a damn speedway.....

bobforte: Posted: June 28, 2014 12:10 a.m.

What does his being on probation have to do with the article also. I could see if the probation was for no license or a previous hit and run. But it is for theft. Come on Jim, what does it have to do with the story? And what was the color of the car involved?

Unreal: Posted: June 30, 2014 5:25 p.m.

bobforte: They keep adding this information to try to prove those released on "probation" are a big problem. This was not someone who was released from state prison. He had a petty theft charge. Could have been for a CD or something. the $898.00 included “fees, penalties and restitution” so the item itself was like 100 or less more than likely.

Answer to your question, it had nothing to do with this story.

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