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Suspect arrested in 2016 hit-and-run that killed Elverta woman

A man suspected in a June 2016 hit-and-run collision that killed a 65-year-old woman as she walked along Elverta Road has turned himself into authorities after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The California Highway Patrol on Thursday announced the arrest of Berkley Austin Dorfer, 21, of Sacramento in connection with the collision that killed Donna Lee Zurfluh of Elverta.

Dorfer was driving a red and white 1993 Ford F-250 pickup eastbound on Elverta Road, east of Palladay Road, between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. June 18, 2016, when the truck struck Zurfluh, who was walking eastbound on Elverta Road on the south side of the roadway, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

Dorfer left the scene, and a passerby found Zurfluh in a ditch about 6:30 a.m. She was pronounced dead at the collision site.

On Wednesday, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office issued a warrant for Dorfer’s arrest on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, misdemeanor driving without a valid California driver’s license and failure to provide proof of insurance at a collision scene.

Dorfer turned himself in at the Sacramento County Main Jail about 11 a.m. Thursday, according to the news release.

The CHP said the investigation of the case is continuing.

Zurfluh’s husband told The Sacramento Bee at the time of her death that his wife woke up each day at 1:30 a.m. to walk four or five hours, logging 125 miles per week.

Zurfluh had worked more than 20 years as an instructor at Short Center North, an arts program for adults with developmental disabilities.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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