1 dead in Paradise Hills hit-and-run crash

Posted at 7:59 AM, Jan 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-20 00:51:22-05

SAN DIEGO - Police have located the car linked to a hit-and-run crash in the Paradise Hills area that left a man dead Thursday morning. The search for the suspect is ongoing.

The crash happened shortly before 7:30 a.m. on Albemarle Street at Seabreeze Drive, according to San Diego police.

Police said the car, believed to be a 2004 to 2006 silver, 4-door Lexus ES 330, was traveling on the eastbound on the westbound side of the road when it struck two parked cars and then the victim.

Police said the left front and driver side, and windshield are damaged.

Police have not officially released the victim's identity, but the victim's family provided a photo and identified him as 49-year-old Jose Padron to 10News reporter Jessica Chen.

Padron's brother said Padron had walked out of his house to his car to retrieve an umbrella and was standing in the street when the car hit him. Police said he was dragged 30-40 feet on top of the car before he slid off.

According to police, the suspect vehicle continued eastbound on Albemarle Street for a few feet, pulled over for a short time and then drove away.

San Diego Police released footage of the vehicle they believed hit Padron, captured on surveillance footage from a nearby home.

Some neighbors heard the crash and came outside to find Padron lying on the street. CPR was administered, but Padron died at the scene.

A neighbor told 10News that Padron leaves behind a wife and 8-year-old son. She also said the neighborhood has seen many drivers speed up and down the hill on Albemarle Street.

Police were able to obtain security camera footage of the suspect vehicle. They noted the car has damage to the front driver's side, is missing a driver's side mirror and has a sunroof.