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Driver sought in deadly National City hit-and-run

Posted at 12:51 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 15:51:50-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- National City police are searching for the driver linked to a hit-and-run crash that killed a skateboarder earlier this month.

Police said on July 10, at around 12:30 a.m., 28-year-old Victor Ernest Morales was riding his skateboard northbound on the street in the 500 block of Palm Avenue when he was struck from behind by an unknown vehicle at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle sped away, leaving Morales on the road, police said. He suffered major injuries and later died.

According to police, Morales’ girlfriend and a friend were with him at the time of the incident.

The vehicle in the case is believed to be a silver-colored, 4-door, 1999-2002 Toyota Echo. Police said the vehicle likely has damage to the front driver’s side, as well as damage to the driver’s side headlight and windshield.

A surveillance camera captured a photo of the vehicle believed to be involved in the collision, and police are asking any businesses in the area that may have video of the vehicle before or after the crash to contact them.

Investigators are also asking vehicle repair shops to be on the lookout for the vehicle due to its damage from the crash.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to contact the National City Police Department’s Investigations Unit at 619-336-4474 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in the case.