The alleged driver of the car which struck and killed a Pasadena woman in a crosswalk at the four-way stop intersection of Allen Avenue and San Pasqual Street on November 26 was arrested by police Friday, according to authorities.
A city statement said that officers from the Pasadena Police Department Traffic Section arrested 20-year-old Austin Wong at his home in Pasadena without incident. He was booked at the Pasadena Jail for felony vehicular manslaughter. His bail was set at $50,000.
The case will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration.
The victim, Pasadena resident Yang Yang Liu, 33, was jogging east on the southern sidewalk of San Pasqual Street approaching Allen Avenue. As she crossed the intersection in the southern crosswalk, she was struck by the 2007 BMW driven by Wong, the city statement said.
Liu was pronounced deceased at the scene by responding paramedics.
Wong remained at the scene and cooperated with police.
The city said that collision investigators utilized various methods of speed analysis and determined Wong ran the stop sign at a speed in excess of the 30 mph posted limit. They believe the speed driven by Wong prior to and at the time of the crash was grossly negligent for the road conditions.
A number of nearby residents told Pasadena Now that speeding on that stretch of San Pasqual Street and running the 4-way stop signs at the intersection with Allen Avenue are commonplace.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Pasadena Police at (626)- 744-4241 or you may report information anonymously by calling “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google Play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.
[Correction: An earlier version of this story picked up and used an incorrect headline from City News Service, which described this collision as a “hit and run.” It was not. Mr. Wong, the alleged driver, remained at the scene and cooperated with police, as Pasadena Now has reported several times in previous stories.]