A Santa Maria man has been arrested in connection with Sunday’s hit-and-run vehicle collision that sent a Buellton pedestrian to the hospital with critical head injuries. 

Emergency crews responded Sunday evening to the report of a pedestrian who had been struck by a vehicle that left the scene near Avenue of the Flags and Highway 246, according to Raquel Zick, public information officer for the Sheriff’s Department.

“Upon arrival, deputies found the pedestrian victim in the road with serious injuries and confirmed the suspect vehicle, later identified as a gray Chevrolet Silverado, had left the scene,” Zick said Monday.

“A witness followed the Silverado towards Lompoc and provided Sheriff’s Dispatch with a vehicle description and license plate number before they lost sight of the vehicle in the Lompoc area.”

The victim, reportedly a man in his 40s, was airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital with critical head injuries.

His name and condition were not available for release, Zick said Monday.

Sheriff’s deputies from the Santa Maria Valley substation heard the emergency radio dispatch reports and staged near the Santa Maria home of the vehicle’s registered owner.

Less than two hours after the crash, deputies arrested the vehicle’s owner when he arrived home in the Silverado, Zick said. 

Luis Alberto Ledesma

Luis Alberto Ledesma

Luis Alberto Ledesma , 26, was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and a pair of felony drunken driving charges, Zick said.

Ledesma was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail with bail set $100,000.

Deputies also impounded the suspect’s truck. 

The Sheriff’s Department Major Accident Response Team is investigating the incident.  

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Janene Scully | Noozhawk North County Editor

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at jscully@noozhawk.com.