A pedestrian was struck by a hit-and-run driver Thursday in South San Diego near Imperial Beach and died at a hospital, but a suspect called police on Friday to acknowledge the accident.
Detectives spoke to a 35-year-old woman who told police she hit something, according to Officer Robert Heims of the San Diego Police Department.
The male victim was in the No. 1 lane of westbound Palm Avenue near 16th Street about 8:45 p.m. Thursday, crossing the street diagonally when he was struck by the vehicle, Heims said.
The victim went over the hood of the vehicle and was thrown to the ground, a witness told NBC7. The driver stopped momentarily, then turned off the vehicle’s headlights and drove away, the witness said.
The vehicle was last seen westbound on Palm Avenue, Heims said.
Police described the suspect vehicle as a maroon SUV with front-end damage and a broken headlight.
The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Heims said. His name was not released.
The name of the suspected driver was not disclosed.
Anyone with information on this accident was asked to call SDPD’s Traffic Division at 858-495-7800 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.
— City News Service
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