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Woman arrested in Inglewood hit-and-run

August 22, 2011 |  9:48 am

A 57-year-old woman has been arrested in Inglewood on suspicion of fleeing an accident that injured a pregnant pedestrian, possibly triggering the death of her fetus.

Brittney Cheeseman, 18, was walking in an intersection at Manchester Boulevard and Market Street about 10:30 p.m. Saturday when she was struck by a vehicle described as a 1996 grey Nissan.

The Nissan's driver was traveling east on Manchester and failed to stop at a red light, witnesses told police.

Cheeseman was taken to a hospital with nonthreatening injuries, said Officer Jonathan Rivers of the Inglewood Police Department. But her 5- or 6-month-old fetus was unresponsive and showed no signs of life, doctors said.

Police, using a license number provided by witnesses, tracked down the driver, Janine Rachel Mayfield, on Sunday and took her into custody for felony hit-and-run.

She was being held in the Inglewood jail on $50,000 bail, Rivers said.

An autopsy on the fetus was scheduled to be done Monday, he said.

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