MERCED COUNTY, CA (August 4, 2019) – Esmeralda Valencia, 38, was killed, and her 41-year-old boyfriend Anthony Lee Valencia was injured in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident on Arroya Avenue and Linden Road.
The deadly crash happened around 9:15 p.m., when a black Honda traveling west on Linden Road continued into the intersection, cutting off the 2007 Kawasaki Ninja 250cc motorcycle being driven by Anthony Lee Valencia. Valencia and his passenger Esmeralda were heading north on Arroya Avenue, near Dos Palos, when the Honda collided with them.
Anthony and Esmeralda, both wearing helmets, were thrown off the motorcycle. Esmeralda was pronounced dead at the scene. Anthony suffered a broken right leg. The driver of the Honda fled the scene before authorities arrived.
The California Highway Patrol stated that Anthony and Esmeralda were boyfriend and girlfriend. They are still looking for the driver of the Honda, and have asked anyone with information to contact them.
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