Driver suspected in Spring Valley hit-and-run crash arrested

Stepfather was hit, killed in front of daughter
Posted at 11:05 PM, Feb 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-08 11:29:33-05

SPRING VALLEY, Calif. - A man was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run crash in Spring Valley that left a pedestrian dead.

According to authorities, the collision happened at around 10 p.m. Tuesday near the 2400 block of Sweetwater Rd.

Authorities said the 75-year-old victim was dropped off by his stepdaughter on the southbound side of Sweetwater Rd., and as he ran across from the southbound side to the northbound side, he was struck and killed by a silver 2000 Mercedes-Benz.

Authorities noted that the victim was "not in a marked crosswalk."

Witnesses told authorities the Mercedes left the scene and drove towards Troy St. The vehicle, which had front-end damage, was found abandoned near an apartment complex on Troy St. just before 11 p.m.

The driver, 18-year-old Andrew Wesam Thouzen, was later located and arrested, authorities said. He was booked into San Diego County Jail for felony hit-and-run causing injury or death.

According to authorities, alcohol and/or drugs were not a factor in the collision.