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Victorville man charged in hit-and-run death of pregnant mother

August 8, 2011 |  8:04 pm

Dejuan Rene Smith was killed by a hit-and-run driver as she pushed her dauther in Victorville, police said. A San Bernardino County man was charged Monday in the hit-and-run killing of a 20-year-old pregnant mother and her unborn child.

Brandon Lee McCullough, 37, who lives in Apple Valley, is facing a felony count of hit-and-run causing death and a misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence, according to a KTLA-TV report.

McCullough is charged with hitting Dejuan Rene Smith on July 29 as she was pushing her 14-month-old daughter in a stroller on Balsam Avenue in Victorville, San Bernardino County officials have said. The impact killed Smith and her unborn child.

The driver of the Ford pickup that hit Smith fled.

Smith, who was five months pregnant, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her 14-month-old daughter was thrown from the stroller but survived, according to the news report.


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Photo: Dejuan Rene Smith. Credit: Family photo via KTLA