Man, 21, turns self in for fatal hit-and-run
A 21-year-old Antelope man will be arraigned Monday on manslaughter and felony hit-and-run charges in the death of Grass Valley resident Vickie Janell Scott.
Jeremy Sam Sarguis turned himself in at the north Sacramento California Highway Patrol office Thursday afternoon and was taken into custody.
Scott, 46, was struck and killed at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday as she walked along Interstate 80 in Roseville. Sarguis allegedly fled the scene.
The chain of events that led to Scott standing in the far right lane of the Atlantic Street offramp still is being pieced together.
Scott left the Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln around 12:30 a.m. and hitchhiked into Roseville before the car she was in was pulled over by a CHP officer for a damaged taillight around 2 a.m., said CHP Officer David Martinez.
“She wasn’t wearing a seat belt, so we cited her,” Martinez said. “The driver also was cited. They drove away, and that was it.”
Scott was then spotted by a Placer County Sheriff’s deputy at about 2:30 a.m. on Eureka Road in Roseville.
“They offered her a ride or to call somebody, but she refused,” Martinez said.
Scott was allowed to remain on the road because it was considered a safe location, Martinez added.
“It’s well-lit. There are several restaurants nearby,” Martinez said. “When it’s a juvenile, they don’t have a choice; we can’t leave them. But this was an adult.”
Neither the CHP officer who cited Scott at 2 a.m. nor the deputy who talked to her a half-hour later observed any sign of intoxication, Martinez added.
Scott’s whereabouts between 2:30 a.m. and her death two hours later could not immediately be determined.
A passing driver reported her body on westbound I-80, just west of Eureka Road at the Atlantic Street offramp, just before 4:30 a.m.
“There’s no shoulder there, there’s a lot of construction, so she (must have been) standing in the lane,” Martinez said.
Sarguis told investigators that he and two friends were in his white Mitsubishi Diamante when he hit Scott and fled the scene.
He was booked into the Placer County Jail Thursday evening on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and felony hit-and-run causing death. He remains in custody in lieu of $150,000 bail.
Sarguis is scheduled for arraignment at 1 p.m. on Monday in Auburn.
To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 477-4229.
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