Friday Feb 05 2010
Arrest made in I-80 hit and run
By: Eric Laughlin The Press Tribune
New details released regarding victim
An Antelope man faces vehicular manslaughter and hit and run charges after his vehicle allegedly struck and killed a Grass Valley woman on Interstate 80 at Atlantic Street Thursday morning. Jeremy Sarguis, 20, turned himself in hours after the incident, reportedly at the urging of family members. The victim was identified as 47-year-old Vickie Janell Scott of Grass Valley, who according to CHP had been walking on the freeway prior to being hit at about 4:30 a.m. "She had been observed in the vicinity by a sheriff's deputy at about 2:30," officer Dave Martinez said. "The deputy offered her a ride and an opportunity to contact someone, but she declined. That was the last time she was seen." Martinez said hours prior to the incident, Scott had been a passenger in a vehicle that picked her up on Highway 65, and that she was ticketed for not wearing a seat belt when the car was stopped by CHP for having a missing headlight. Martinez said that car then dropped her off along 80, and she made her way to the Eureka Road area, where she was contacted by the deputy. The collision took place when Scott was walking on westbound I-80 near the Atlantic Street onramp. Martinez said Sarguis could have avoided such serious charges had he only stopped afterward. "A lot of his problems are from fleeing the scene," Martinez said. "If he would have stopped, things would have definitely been a lot different. The victim was clearly in lanes of traffic and there was no shoulder in that area." He added that an investigation is still under way as to whether or not alcohol was involved. Sarguis' two passengers in the vehicle at the time also reported to CHP's North Sacramento office, but they are not expected to be charged with any crimes. Sarguis remained in custody Friday afternoon in lieu of $150,000 bail. Those who knew Scott have reported that she was an employee of Thunder Valley Casino and had left work at approximately 12:30 a.m.