CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Police believe a Chula Vista man who allegedly ran down his estranged wife and left the woman dying in the roadway fled to Mexico after the attack.
Cesar Castillo, 37, was suspected of repeatedly running over his wife with his white Chevy Silverado shortly before 7 p.m. Friday, according to a Chula Vista police statement.
The apparent murder was in the 1100 block of Elm Avenue.
The woman, whose name was not released but was said to be in her 30s, died at the scene from “massive head and internal injuries,” police said.
“One of the witnesses saw the truck that struck her drive southbound on Elm, do a U-turn, continue northbound past the woman on Elm, do another U-turn and then drive through the yard over the victim, striking the victim again,” said Chula Vista Police Lt. Fritz Reber. “So, it was obvious to the witnesses it was intentional.”
Neighbors were still in shock Saturday morning.
“I’m here every day and I can’t believe this happened right here. It’s so peaceful in this area,” neighbor Jimmy Gonzalez said.
Castillo and his estranged wife had been separated for one year, Reber said. Investigators believe Castillo tricked the woman into meeting him before the deadly encounter.
“He was jealous she was attempting to move on,” he said. “They had been broken up for about a year. He coordinated a meeting with her under the pretense to go buy Christmas gifts for their mutual children.”
The pair had three children, who police say are safely staying with the victim’s mother.
Castillo, who works in the Mission Bay area as a maintenance man, likely fled to Mexico, according to the police statement.
Flowers and at least one candle stand at the scene of the crime, near a fence that smashed as the truck hit her.
Police said Castillo should be considered armed and dangerous. They asked anyone with additional information on the suspect or his whereabouts to call 619-585-5665.