Santee hit-and-run driver kills mother, injures daughter-in-law

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A Santee family is grieving after a hit-and-run accident claimed the life of one mother, and almost killed another mother in the same family.

KUSI’s John Soderman was live in Santee with the story.

A 16-year-old boy turned himself in to authorities Friday in connection with a hit-and-run crash in Santee that killed one woman and seriously injured a second.

The boy was accompanied by his attorney when he surrendered. His name was not released because of his age.

The boy is the second suspect in custody in the case. Another 16-year- old boy was arrested Wednesday night and booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of felony hit-and-run.

A third suspect is being sought.

Julie Johnson, 46, died from her injuries suffered in the accident. Jayme Johnson, her 30-year-old daughter-in-law, was also hospitalized with serious injuries.

Deputies responded to the crash about 8 p.m. Wednesday in the 10200 block of Molino Road and found two women lying in the street. Witnesses said the suspect vehicle fled the scene, according to Sgt. Joe Passalacqua of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Both victims were taken to a hospital, where one later died from her injuries and the other was treated and released, Passalacqua said.

Investigators determined that the crash occurred following an argument involving three teenage boys and a resident of a home on Molina Road, near El Nopal.

After the escalating dispute moved from inside the house to outside, drawing several neighbors out of their residences, the trio of teenagers got into a late-model Honda sedan and sped off. A short distance away, the car jumped a curb and struck the two women.

Later Wednesday evening, the owner of the car involved in the crash called the sheriff’s department and told deputies where they could find the vehicle and one of the teens who had been in it when the pedestrians were struck.

That 16-year-old, whose name was withheld because he is a minor, was taken into custody a short time later

Categories: Traffic & Accidents