By Lookout Staff
May 16, 2011 – A 48-year-old former model and personal
trainer at Gold's Gym died Thursday after being struck by a driver while
she was riding her motorcycle in Santa Monica on May 7.
After being treated at the scene of the accident, Sandy DeSoto was taken
to a local hospital where she was kept on life support until Thursday,
A 74-year-old tourist from New Jersey was going south on Ocean Avenue
when he decided to reverse directions by making an illegal U-turn. He
didn't see DeSoto, who ran into his driver's side door and was thrown
onto the pavement, according to police spokesman Sgt. Richard Lewis.
Both the driver and the victim were under the influence of alcohol, police
determined. The driver was booked on suspicion of drunken driving, and
was released pending charges, according to press reports.
DeSoto is survived by her mother and a brother, who live in Southern California.
The Santa Monica Police Department is continuing its investigation into
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Chris Dawson at
310-458-8954 or Sergeant Jeff Wiles at 310 458-8950 or the Santa Monica
Police Department (24 hours) at 310 458-8495.
If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME,
or submit the tip online at www.wetip.com.
You will remain completely anonymous and may be eligible for a reward,
up to $1,000.00, if your information leads to an arrest and conviction.
Callers can also contact Crime Stoppers by either calling (800) 222-TIPS,
texting from your mobile, or by visiting their website at www.lacrimestoppers.org.
Callers may remain anonymous and may be qualified to receive a $1,000.00
reward by Crime Stoppers.