A California Highway Patrol officer outside his cruiser. File photo courtesy OnScene.TV

Two people died and four were injured in separate crashes less than two hours apart Tuesday night on Route 54 in Bonita.

The first crash involved a single vehicle and occurred about 9:20 p.m. on the Reo Drive off-ramp. California Highway Patrol officers found an overturned Toyota pickup in a grassy area off the highway with four occupants ejected.

One of the occupants, a man whose age was not immediately available, was then struck by another vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, according to the CHP. The three other occupants, all women whose ages were not immediately available, were taken to a local hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

The second crash occurred around 10:40 p.m. and involved two vehicles near the Briarwood Road exit, according to the CHP.

A driver in a silver Honda SUV crashed into a Chevrolet pickup that was stopped due to traffic from the earlier crash

A passenger in the Honda was pronounced dead at the scene, and a woman driving the Chevrolet was taken to a hospital for treatment of major injuries.

The Honda driver ran away from the crash and remained at large as of 6 a.m. Wednesday, the CHP said.

Updated at 9:50 a.m., Wednesday, July 15, 2020

— From Staff and Wire Reports

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