MERCED - Police arrested a Merced woman on a charge of homicide after allegedly striking a pedestrian with her vehicle and fleeing the scene during a fight.
At about 7:00pm Sunday, officers with the Merced Police Department received several calls of a large fight in progress in the area of 19th Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Responding officers received updates that a woman in a red car had just run someone over and struck several vehicles as she attempted to leave the scene.
As police officers arrived in the area, they witnessed a red vehicle near 19th and I Streets being driven by a woman. The vehicle had obvious visible signs of damage. Officers also found a woman down in the roadway requiring immediate medical attention, and several witnesses saying she had just been run over by the driver of the red car.
Police described the scene as very chaotic with a large gathering crowd. Witnesses identified the suspect driver as Ashley Sanders, a resident of Merced. The victim was transported to a hospital in Modesto where she died from her injuries.
Sanders was arrested by police without incident and booked into the Merced County Jail on homicide charges.
The name of the victim was not released by authorities, pending notification of family. She was only identified as a 20 woman who lived in the neighborhood.