Man Killed after Woman Intentionally Hits Car on Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights

CITRUS HEIGHTS -- Police have made an arrest in a Citrus Heights hit-and-run that took the life of a 45-year-old man Tuesday night.

Christina Diaz, 19 (Credit: Citrus Heights Police Department)

Police say 19-year-old Christina Diaz was driving west on Greenback Lane near San Juan Avenue while under the influence of marijuana. She then intentionally hit a van, but officers are giving few other details as to why she slammed into the vehicle.

"There's no association, no relationship between the vehicle and the 19-year-old that was subsequently arrested. And we don't believe that it was a road rage incident," said Citrus Heights Police Lt. Dave Gutierrez.

After striking the van, Diaz overcorrected and went over the center median, crashing head-on into another car driven by 45-year-old Andrey Tagintsev, killing him.

After the wreck, Diaz initially stayed but soon after police arrived she ran off.

The passengers in the van Diaz hit sustained minor injuries, according to the police department.

She now faces charges of DUI, felony hit-and-run and gross vehicular manslaughter. Diaz’s arraignment was pushed back a day as she remains on a psychiatric hold inside the Sacramento County Jail.

Meanwhile, neighbors tell FOX40 after three years battling the disease Tagintsev recently beat cancer.

Citrus Heights police say this tragedy serves as a good reminder of why people should not drive under the influence of marijuana.

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