A hit-and-run in San Clemente involving a motorcycle and a pedestrian resulted in the death of one woman. The fatal crash occurred on the night of Wednesday, April 14. A day later, a suspect was arrested in connection with the incident.
According to the details shared by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the hit-and-run took place at around 10 p.m. on Wednesday. A motorcycle fatally struck a woman in the El Camino Real and Boca De La Playa area. The woman suffered critical injuries in the collision. By the time the first responders arrived, she had succumbed to her injuries. She was pronounced dead on the scene.
Authorities identified the deceased victim as Susan Fernandez, 61, of San Clemente. The motorcyclist involved in the accident fled from the scene of the crash. Law enforcement officers were able to get valuable information about the motorcycle from eyewitnesses present on the scene of the accident.
Based on the description provided by eyewitnesses, deputies with the Sheriff’s Department started a search for the motorcycle. They were able to locate a motorcycle matching the description within half an hour of the crash. The suspect motorcycle was located in a neighborhood close to the crash scene.
Authorities believed that the driver of the motorcycle was Adam Horner, 38. Horner was apprehended on Thursday, April 15, and taken into custody by the deputies.
Based on the available evidence, Horner was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run in San Clemente. Following his arrest, Horner was transported to the Orange County jail. His bail has been set at $50,000.
OCSD continues to investigate the incident and is yet to reveal further details on how the crash occurred. In hit-and-run accidents like this, the suspect driver can be held accountable through both criminal and civil litigation. In hit-and-runs resulting in death, an Orange County wrongful death attorney can help the next-of-kin recover compensatory damages for their tragic loss.