Police were searching for this car, believed to be the hit-and-run driver in the death of a skateboarder in El Cerrito. Photo courtesy of San Diego Crime Stoppers

Charges were pending Tuesday against a motorist who turned himself in following a hit-and-run crash that killed a 15-year-old skateboarder on an El Cerrito-area street.

The victim, Jonathan Cortez of San Diego, fell to the ground while skateboarding in the 3600 block of 54th Street for unknown reasons and was struck by a northbound minivan shortly before 8:30 p.m. Friday, according to San Diego Police and the county Medical Examiner’s Office. He died at the scene from multiple blunt force injuries, authorities said.

The vehicle suspected of leaving the scene after the crash was described as a green Dodge Caravan with California license plate 4DQJ456. But police said it was unclear if more than one vehicle struck the victim.

The minivan’s suspected driver turned himself in Monday night, but has not been arrested, according to news reports.

The City Heights man, whose name was not immediately available, called police around 7:20 p.m. after he saw pictures of the minivan online, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Officers found the van parked in an alley in the vicinity of 50th Street and Trojan Avenue.

The case has been forwarded to the county District Attorney’s Office, which will decide whether to press charges against the driver, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

— City News Service

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Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.