Original Press Release – December 24, 2016
On Friday, December 23, 2016, at approximately 5:10pm the Beaumont Police Department was dispatched to the area of 4th Street and California Avenue reference a vehicle versus pedestrian. Officers arrived to find a victim laying on the railroad tracks suffering from injuries from being hit by a vehicle.
The vehicle involved in the collision had fled the scene prior to the officer’s arrival. The victim was transported to an area hospital and is currently in critical condition.
On June 5, 2017, Deborah Marie Salazar was arrested after Beaumont Police Detectives linked her as the suspect in the hit and run investigation from December 23, 2016. The victim, Sandra Kay Todd, age 54, initially survived the incident, but eventually succumbed to her injuries on March 26, 2017.
On November 21, 2017, Salazar pled guilty to manslaughter with gross negligence and fatal, hit and run. As part of Salazar’s plea agreement, she will be sentenced to two years in prison.
Without witnesses and few leads, the Beaumont Police Department Detectives did an exemplary job of locating the suspect and presenting a solid case that led to the prosecution of Salazar. The Beaumont Police Department worked diligently to bring justice for Sandra Todd and her family. While a conviction cannot bring back a lost loved one, it is the hope of the Beaumont Police Department that it will bring some peace and closure to the family.