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17-year-old killed in unincorporated Escondido hit-and-run

Posted at 8:40 AM, Jun 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-07 01:26:16-04

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) -- A 17-year-old was killed early Saturday morning following a hit-and-run in unincorporated Escondido.

According to California Highway Patrol, the crash happened on Mesa Rock Road near Mesa Ranch Drive around 12:30 a.m.

CHP says the 17-year-old female was standing outside a vehicle parked on the right shoulder having a conversation with four friends.

Three of the individuals, including the teen, crossed the road from east to west. As they crossed, CHP says either a white Toyota SUV or a pickup truck speeding northbound struck the teen.

"The California Highway Patrol Oceanside Area is asking the public for assistance in locating a 2008 to 2012 model year range second generation, Toyota Highlander, pearl white in color. The vehicle will have damage to the right front headlight area and right-side mirror," said CHP Ofc. Mark Latulippe.

The teen's friends as well as residents from nearby homes assisted the girl, but she died at the scene, CHP says.

The agency is asking for the public's help locating the vehicle and driver involved in the hit-and-run. Anyone with information is asked to call CHP's Border Communications Center at 858-637-3800.

Callers are being asked to reference the date and time of the crash.