Riverside Police Department
Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date April 13, 2003
Contact Sergeant Ken Carpenter
Phone (909) 351-6099
Fax (909) 351-6038


Major Injury Traffic Collision - Vehicle vs. Pedestrian

Riverside, Ca-  On April 13, 2003, at 1740 hours, officers of the Riverside Police Department responded to a major injury traffic collision between a pedestrian and a vehicle at the intersection of La Sierra Ave. and Campbell Ave. According to witnesses, a twelve-year-old boy was crossing the street in a westerly direction just north of the intersection outside of the crosswalk. A northbound driver in the #1 lane stopped to allow the boy to cross. As the boy continued to cross the street, he was struck by a 1997 Saturn traveling northbound in the #2 lane.

The boy received major injuries and he was air lifted to Loma Linda Hospital by Life-Flight helicopter.

The driver of the Saturn, Lynene Voelker, 44, of Riverside, failed to stop at the scene. A witness followed her as she continued driving northbound on La Sierra. The witness used a cell phone to report the driverís location. Officers stopped Ms. Voelker several miles from the collision scene. Ms. Voelker was arrested and booked into Riverside County jail for Hit and Run and Driving Under the Influence.

The collision is still under investigation. Members of the Departmentís Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) responded.