Hit-run driver kills man walking dog

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SAN DIEGO — A man walking a dog was run down by a hit-and-run driver near Balboa Park and died after being taken to a hospital Sunday night, police said.

HIllcrest Fatal Hit-and-RunThe man was found at the intersection of University Avenue and Vermont Street at 7:06 p.m., San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros said.

A witness told investigators the victim was not in a crosswalk when a black 4-door pickup truck with two people inside hit him.

“It’s very upsetting,” said Connie Stewart who was friends with the victim.  “It’s more than you can fathom in your mind because of the inhumanity.”

San Diego County Animal Control officials took his dog into their custody and are hoping to connect with family members so the victim’s dog, Minnie, can have a home again.

“We will try and release her to next of kin since dogs are personal property,” said Lt. Kalani Hudson with the San Diego County Department of Animal Services.  “If they can’t take her we would put her up for adoption.”

Police say the truck likely has front end damage and mirror damage as well.  They also believe two people were inside the truck.

“If I had a cold he would bring me food, he was just very sweet,” said Stewart.

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