Woman in fatal hit & run facing charges

Linda Sarmiento

Linda Sarmiento

The hit & run driver involved in Sunday’s 3 a.m. collision with a motorcycle in the 600 block of Bell Road surrendered herself this afternoon at the South Precinct after admitting her involvement in the crash that critically injured the driver, Jorge Gonzales, and claimed the life of his passenger, Emily Garlit, 23.

Linda Sarmiento, 30, is being charged with driving on a revoked license and failure to provide proof of insurance. Additional charges are anticipated after the crash investigation is completed.

During an interview with fatal crash investigators, Sarmiento admitted to have been drinking prior to making a U-turn in the entrance of her 660 Bell Road apartment complex to go to a store. She reported that as she crossed Bell Road, she heard a loud noise and saw both motorcycle riders sliding across the roadway. She said she panicked and returned to her apartment. The suspect vehicle, a gray Nissan Altima, was recovered this afternoon from the apartment complex.  The Altima had passenger side damage.

Sarmiento was convicted of DUI in 2014.