Tree trimmer hit, killed by pickup truck

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VALLEY CENTER, Calif. -- A pickup truck struck and killed a tree trimmer Tuesday near Valley Center High School.

The accident occurred about 9:30 a.m., when the landscaper walked onto Cole Grade Road near Margarita Lane, crossing directly into the path of the southbound 2004 GMC Sierra, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The vehicle hit the Escondido man at about 35 mph, CHP public information Officer Jim Bettencourt said.

The victim, identified as 27-year-old Luis Enrique Hernandez, died at the scene.

Intoxication did not appear to be a factor in the accident, according to Bettencourt.

“At this time, it is unknown if any charges will be filed in this case,'' he said in the early afternoon.


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      Really!! That’s the best you can come up with. It goes to show how racist have little minds! Btw, just because your last name is Hispanic doesn’t mean that you can’t be racists towards other Hispanics. In fact, You are the worst kind there are. Poor guy, all he was doing is working, maybe he was rushing to finish on time, may he rest in peace and his family find some conform in their time of need and sorrow.

    • Josh Hand

      I worked with this dude and can tell you first hand that he is LEGAL American, so take your ignorant comments else where… He was simply doing his job to provide for the both of his toddlers. Now they have to live their life without their dad. Erase your comment because you’re a disgraceful DUMB FUCK!! R.I.P Luis!! Condolences go out to the Hernandez and Fuentes families may the man up stairs look over you all in this tough time in your lives…

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