Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run near California casino. Driver later turned himself in, CHP says

A driver turned himself in to authorities after a hit-and-run that killed a pedestrian Monday morning in Northern California, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A Mercedes sedan struck a pedestrian about 4:40 a.m. in the 3300 block of Forty Mile Road, near Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Wheatland, then fled the scene, the CHP’s Yuba-Sutter office said in a news release.

The victim, a 28-year-old Marysville man, was thrown by the vehicle into a ditch along the roadway, according to the release. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A witness was walking alongside the victim on the shoulder of southbound Forty Mile Road when the victim was struck, according to the CHP, and called 911 to report the hit-and-run.

Debris recovered from the scene indicated the vehicle was a white Mercedes, and the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office was able to identify the car using a license plate reader system, according to the CHP release.

The vehicle was registered to a Yuba City man, who turned himself in at the CHP office later Monday morning, according to the release.

The CHP crash report indicates the driver was not arrested as of midday Monday, but officials wrote that the Mercedes was impounded as evidence.

Drugs or alcohol are not believed to be factors in the crash, which happened along a dark stretch of roadway without street lights, CHP officials said.