Carlsbad teen accused of hit-and-run, arrested for felony DUI in crash that killed skateboarder

Incident was reported late Wednesday night

CARLSBAD, Calif. - A 17-year-old girl was in custody Thursday, accused of driving off after she struck and fatally injured a skateboarder in Carlsbad, police said.

The teen was arrested and booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, felony DUI, and felony hit-and-run. She was processed into the Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility for these charges, according to Carlsbad police Lt. Pete Pascual

The fatal hit-and-run in the area of Palomar Airport Road and Carlsbad Boulevard was reported at 10:51 p.m. Wednesday, Pascual said.

"The victim was located in the roadway along southbound Carlsbad Boulevard, just north of Island Way, where he eventually succumbed to his injuries after life-saving measures were attempted," the Lieutenant stated.

Witnesses described seeing a silver Chrysler sedan, later determined to be a Sebring convertible, speed off southbound after the accident. The vehicle described by witnesses was later found at 6550 Ponto Drive, Pascual said.

Two young women were in the car, but the 17-year-old driver was arrested.

The identity of the skateboarder was withheld until his family could be notified of his death. The San Diego Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the victim was a 20-year-old male.

Friends identified the victim to 10News Carlsbad resident Vinnie Zellefrow.

Throughout the day Thursday, a small memorial was placed at the scene where Zellefrow was killed. Flowers and candles were added in the evening, and numerous stones were put together to spell Vinnie.

A couple of miles away, Zellefrow's friends gathered at his home to comfort his parents and each other.

Zellefrow's father, Vince, voiced appreciation, saying, "Yes, Vinnie had a lot of friends. We have a lot of friends and we'll be strong; we'll get through this."

Belinda Zellefrow, Vinnie's mother, was touched, too.
"It's overwhelming, but I'm not surprised. He was loved; loved a lot of people and they loved him. Constantly had his friends over here at the house; they just had fun together."

Zellefrow worked at a waffle shop in downtown Carlsbad, and a Britney, co-worker, had come to open up the shop but was overwhelmed by grief when she heard about the tragedy.

Sobbing, she said, "I don't even know who to call."

Customers and neighbors were troubled as well.  

"Yes, it's very disturbing, absolutely," one resident said.

Facebook pictures show a young man with a passion for music.

His dad told 10News, "He played percussion; he had a love for music, passion for music."  

Mom added, "All his classes at college were music classes."

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