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Suspect in hit and run was on probation

Posted: June 26, 2014 6:45 p.m.
Updated: June 26, 2014 6:43 p.m.


A Valencia man suspected of being the driver in hit-and-run crash that knocked a pedestrian 50 feet into the air was on probation for a theft conviction at the time of the collision, a Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman said Thursday.

Travis Allen Dejong, 23, turned himself in at the local sheriff’s station on June 9, two days after the alleged hit-and-run crash that occurred about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7 at the intersection of Soledad Canyon Road and Solamint Road in Canyon Country.

He was booked on suspicion of hit and run causing serious injury/death, said Sgt. Rich Cohen, head of the sheriff’s Traffic Section.

The identity of the victim was not released.

On April 24, 2013, Dejong pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of petty theft, District Attorney spokeswoman Shiara Davila-Morales said.

He was sentenced to five days in jail, ordered to pay $868 in “fees, penalties and restitution” and placed on three years summary probation, District Attorney spokesman Ricardo Santiago said Wednesday.

“He remains on probation,” Santiago said.

On June 11, two days after his arrest in connection with the traffic collision, Dejong was released from custody after apparently posting bail, which had been set at $50,000.

A witness told The Signal the pedestrian was knocked 50 feet into the air in the collision.

Although seriously injured, the victim survived the crash, Cohen said Thursday.


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