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