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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials say the driver suspected of being the victim of a New Year’s Day hit-and-run is now facing criminal charges.

After a thorough investigation by Deputies Bennington and Mata, the SBC District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges Tuesday against Desirae Monique Corral, 26, of Victorville, sheriff’s officials said.

Corral is suspected of being behind the wheel in the hit-and-run of Marcos Amaya, 42, of Hesperia, sheriff’s officials said.

On Wednesday, Corral was arrested and taken to the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga for alleged murder, manslaughter and hit-and-run causing bodily injury or death, sheriff’s officials said.

Corral is being held in lieu of $1 million bond. She is scheduled to appear in Victorville Superior Court Thursday, according to booking records.

Sheriff's officials said the driver suspected of hit-and-running Marcos Amaya, 42, of Hesperia on New Years Day, now faces criminal charges.  Amaya is pictured here with her two daughters.

New Year’s Day Collision

Sheriff’s officials said that at midnight Jan. 1, deputies from the Victorville Sheriff’s Station, American Medical Response and the Victorville Fire Department responded to a hit-and-run traffic accident in the intersection of Bear Valley and Hesperia roads.

Deputies and medical personnel arrived at the scene and said the pedestrian, later identified as Amaya, died at 12:04 a.m., sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies from the Victorville Police Department Major Accident Investigation Team responded and took over the investigation.

Deputies learned that Amaya was crossing Bear Valley Road south when he was struck by a vehicle traveling west on Bear Valley Road.

The driver of the vehicle fled after the collision. Through investigation, deputies identified the driver as Corral.

Corral was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence causing death, hit and run causing death, and manslaughter with an impaired vehicle. It was reserved for the HDDC.

After the collision, all eastbound and westbound lanes of Bear Valley Road and northbound and southbound lanes of Hesperia Road remained closed for several hours while deputies conducted their investigation.

Amaya’s family

After the collision, Caroline Amaya posted on the GoFundMe page “Bury A WONDERFUL Father Marcos Amaya”.

“It is with Great Saddnes that I write this on behalf of my husband Marcos Amaya who lost his life to a DRUNK DRIVER on New Years Eve,” Caroline Amaya wrote.

Caroline Amaya went on to say that she needed to put her husband to rest and any amount donated would be greatly appreciated.

“I was not prepared for this nightmare that we are enduring,” said Caroline Amaya. “Thank you to everyone who reached out to me. It means everything to us.

The message included the names of the couple’s daughters, Natalie and Nicole Amaya.

Anyone with information regarding the collision or anyone who may have witnessed it is asked by the Sheriff’s Department to contact Deputy C. Bennington or J. Mata at the Victorville Sheriff’s Station at 760-241-2911.

Daily Press reporter Rene Ray De La Cruz can be reached at 760-951-6227 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz


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