Police search for truck in fatal hit-and-run

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. — Authorities searched Tuesday for a motorist involved in a hit-and-run accident that killed a pedestrian near Orange Glen High School.

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A truck like this one hit and killed a pedestrian in Escondido, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Benjamin Ramirez, 23, was walking along Bear Valley Parkway in an unincorporated area between Escondido and northern San Diego when a white box truck hit him at Boyle Avenue shortly after 10 p.m. Monday, according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office and California Highway Patrol.

“The truck slowed down for a second but then continued westbound,” CHP public-affairs Officer Jim Bettencourt said.

Ramirez, who lived with his parents in Escondido, was pronounced dead at Palomar Medical Center about 10:45 p.m.

Witnesses described the vehicle as a medium-sized “U-Haul style” truck that rattled loudly while moving. It likely sustained visible front-end damage in the crash, Bettencourt said.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to call the CHP at 760-757-1675, or at 858-637-3800 after hours.

 

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