SANTA ANA, Calif. (KTLA) — A man turned himself in after an elderly pedestrian was killed Tuesday in a hit-and-run, authorities said.
Officers responded to the 500 block of South Euclid Street about 5:15 a.m. after a caller reported seeing a person lying in the street, according to the Santa Ana Police Department.
When the officers arrived they discovered the body of Joseph Rudolph, 85. He had been struck by a vehicle, police said.
The driver had apparently fled the scene in the vehicle, and no witnesses were present.
Police said they then received a call from the suspect’s family.
“He went home to Garden Grove, contacted family members. Family members immediately told him he should call the Santa Ana Police Department,” Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said. He added, “We went to his location in Garden Grove and took him into custody.”
The suspect, identified as Michael Truong Pham, was reportedly taken to the scene of the incident to be questioned by investigators. He was being held on investigation of felony hit-and-run.
The victim’s cane and shoes were seen on the street Tuesday morning as officials removed his body, which was shielded from view by a black privacy screen.