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Fatal hit-and-run driver wasn't aware of Chula Vista collision, police say

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Posted at 8:31 AM, Dec 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-02 13:39:58-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A tractor-trailer driver suspected of fatally hitting a 50-year-old man in the South Bay this week wasn't aware of the collision, police said.

Chula Vista Police said door-to-door interviews and surveillance footage led investigators to a tractor-trailer truck seen at the scene of the fatal crash just before 5 p.m. on Nov. 30 in the 600 block of H St.

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Officers tracked the truck's route and were led to Fullerton, where they said the suspected driver was loading the truck for another trip, this time to Fresno.

"Officers able to take this image and backtrack the possible route traveled, searching even more businesses until they located more clear images that could be used to piece together actionable information that led to them to locating the semi in Fullerton where the driver was in the process of loading for another trip from there to Fresno," Chula Vista Police said in a release.

After interviewing the driver and further looking at evidence officers determined the driver was not aware of the fatal collision when it occurred. The driver was not named and police said they do not plan to file any charges at this time.

Police believe the 50-year-old pedestrian, whose identity has yet to be released, was crossing the road outside of a crosswalk when he was hit. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The man suffered from traumatic injuries to his head and extremities, according to police.

Residents told 10News the street where the crash occurred is sometimes too dark to see pedestrians and vehicles have a habit of speeding in the area near Chula Vista Center.

"We need more lights here on the street so the cars can see us because when we're going to cross, we only have the yellow light," the resident said.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Chula Vista Police Department at 619-691-5151.