Merced pedestrian dies in apparent hit and run; woman arrested by California Highway Patrol

December 14, 2013 

— A 24-year-old Merced man was killed early Saturday in an apparent hit-and-run collision, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The man’s name was not released pending notification of his family.

Shirley Smith, 54, of Merced, was arrested at her home on suspicion of felony hit and run, CHP Officer Jason Schoonhoven said.

The CHP said it has not determined whether drugs or alcohol were factors.

Citing a need to protect the investigation, Schoonhoven declined to say how officers identified Smith.

Officers responded at 1:53 a.m. to Meadowbrook Avenue, north of Oakland Avenue, and found the man in the roadway. The victim was believed to have been a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle, the CHP said in a news release.

Authorities said he died at the scene.

Smith was arrested a short time later and booked at the Merced County Jail on suspicion of hit-and-run and driving on a suspended license, according to records.

The CHP is asking anyone with information about this incident to call its 24-hour hotline at (209) 356-2900.

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