Woman arrested on suspicion of DUI after striking 2 fruit vendors, 1 fatally, in Ontario

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One fruit vendor has died and another was injured a suspected intoxicated driver hit them while they were crossing the street in Ontario late Monday morning, according to police.

Officers responded to the area of Euclid Avenue and Riverside Drive around 11:15 a.m. to a report of a crash involving two pedestrians, Ontario police said in a news release.

The vendors were crossing north across Riverside Drive with their cart when 43-year-old Jessica Dewet of Chino collided with them, officials said.

One of the victims was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, according to Cpl. Emily Hernandez.

Police did not immediately release any further details about either victim, including their names.

A man who said he was the brother of the man killed identified him as Hector Eduardo Rabinal.

Carlos Rabinal told KTLA his brother was originally from Guatemala and had been selling fruit in Ontario for about year. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters. A GoFundMe page was set up for Rabinal’s funeral expenses.

The brother added that the two victims were cousins, and he identified the one who survived as Ariel Tacubal Rabinal.

Dewet was transported to a hospital with minor injuries, police said.

It’s unclear what caused the crash, but witness Walter DeCroix said it appeared the driver had swerved around another car that was stopped ahead of her, then hit the vendor who was crossing the street.

“I don’t even think she hit the brakes,” DeCroix told KTLA. “I looked in the street just to check. There’s no brake marks.”

Dewet is suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter, according to police. 

No other information was immediately provided.

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