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Motorist arrested in hit-and-run that killed pregnant woman

August 5, 2011 | 10:07 am

An Apple Valley man has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run incident that killed a 20-year-old pregnant woman and her unborn child and injured the woman's 14-month-old daughter, authorities said Friday.

Brandon Lee McCollough, 36, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of manslaughter and hit-and-run resulting in a death, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

Investigators determined that McCollough was the driver of a 200 Ford F-250 truck that struck and killed Dejuan Rene Smith, of Victorville, on July 29, officials said. Smith was walking northbound on the right shoulder of Balsam Road, pulling a stroller with her daughter inside when she was struck and killed, they said.

The force of the collision threw the 14-month old from the stroller, and she was airlifted to Loma Linda Medical Center with minor injuries, officials said.


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