Riverside City police made two arrests in Idyllwild Sunday.

The first was a suspect in a fatal hit-and-run collision on Wednesday, July 15. Lisa Marie Brown (aka Sanchez) was arrested for vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run death involving Donald Thomas Smith, 48, of Moreno Valley.

Smith was walking westbound along the emergency lane of westbound Alessandro, when hit by a moving vehicle, described as an older brown SUV. As the vehicle approached the pedestrian, it began to drift into the emergency lane striking the subject. The vehicle continued west on Alessandro without stopping, according to a Riverside City Police Department press release.

Motor officers canvassed the area and located a 1997 brown Toyota 4Runner in a gated housing complex located at 200 E. Alessandro. The vehicle was unoccupied and had major front-end damage consistent with the collision.

In conducting their investigation, detectives learned the identity of the driver and that she might possibly be hiding out in a cabin in Idyllwild.

After developing information that the suspect was inside a residence in the 53000 block of Idyllbrook Drive, officers dressed in plain clothes, with the cooperation of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Lisa Marie Brown, 40, of Riverside for hit and run, vehicular manslaughter and possession for sales of methamphetamine.

Also arrested was Frank Gutierrez, 66, of Idyllwild for ex-convict in possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property (firearm) and possession of methamphetamine. His arrest appears to be a byproduct of Brown’s arrest.

“We were unaware of Mr. Gutierrez until we made contact and conducted a records check into his criminal history,” said Sgt. Cliff Mason of the Riverside Police Department.


  1. Nice catch. People that don’t learn the rules of a civilized and responsible society by that age, then they are set in their ways and have no sincere path for redemption.
    Meth people – LEAVE Idyllwild. This place is not for you.