Suspect in fatal National City hit-and-run crash turns self in to police

Elana Huerta killed in crash on Highland Avenue

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. - An arrest has been made in connection with a hit-and-run crash in National City that left an 81-year-old woman dead.

The crash occurred just before 6 p.m. Saturday in the 1900 block of Highland Avenue in National City.

Police say a brown or maroon van struck Elana Huerta as she was crossing the street. Items she was traveling with were strewn across the roadway.

"She had a cart – like an aluminum cart – that we believe she was pushing across the street when she was struck and we located a wheel about 25 to 30 feet on the opposite side of traffic," said National City police Sgt. Alex Hernandez.

Paramedics took Huerta to UCSD Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead.

Police say the driver of the van just kept going and never looked back.

"At this point, the only information that we have is that it was a dark brown, older model burgundy vehicle that didn't stop and continued going northbound on Highland Avenue," said Hernandez.

Police do not know if the driver who struck the woman even saw her crossing the street because police say she may have been crossing it illegally.

On Sunday, police received a call from a man who identified himself as the driver involved in the crash. Police said the man was in front of the police department to turn himself in.

Officers subsequently arrested Alejandro Lomas Hernandez, an unemployed San Diego resident. He was booked into the Central Jail on a charge of felony hit-and-run.

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