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Roxanne Stempien, 40, killed, man injured, and hit-and-run driver Richard Marlin Merritt, 42, arrested in collision on Prairie Avenue in Hawthorne, California

Modified Date: 
Wed, 07/17/2019 - 6:15am
Accident Date: 
Sunday, July 14, 2019

Woman Killed, Man Injured, Suspect Arrested in Hawthorne Hit-and-Run

Officers determined the man had been driving under the influence and he was arrested on suspicion of DUI, felony hit-and-run and manslaughter, Romero said.

Man Charged in Deadly Crash in Hawthorne

Richard Marlin Merritt, 42, of Hawthorne is charged with one count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, hit-and-run driving resulting in death or serious injury to another person, hit-and-run driving resulting in injury to another person, driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury and driving with a 0.08 blood-alcohol content causing injury.

Type: Car Accident
People Involved: 
Roxanne Stempien
Richard Marlin Merritt
Roadway: 
Prairie Avenue

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