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San Diego Police: Man stops at taco shop after reportedly killing pedestrian in Sherman Heights

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Posted at 8:15 PM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 12:10:42-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Police are searching for the man who they say hit and killed a pedestrian early Sunday morning in Sherman Heights.

According to police, a silver SUV was traveling east in the 1800 block of Market Street about 2 a.m., when a pedestrian was either standing in the street or crossing lanes.

Police say the driver hit and killed the pedestrian before fleeing the scene.

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The man then reportedly drove to a Humberto’s Taco Shop on the corner of Broadway and 25th Street where he ordered food.

The cashier who took his order said he appeared to have been drinking that night.

"I'd say maybe tipsy as if he had just started drinking," the cashier told 10News. "He was completely able to talk to me, and you know to take out his wallet. We have people dropping it and find it, but he did it really quickly."

As he drove away from the restaurant, police say the suspect backed into a sedan and was confronted by two women before speeding off.

Family members have identified the hit-and-run victim as 41-year-old Jason Gordon. He leaves behind a wife and one-year-old twin daughters.

His wife, Katie Gordon, sent 10News the following statement:

"I've had the opportunity to review the images released by the San Diego Police Department of the possible suspect involved in the tragic hit and run accident that killed my husband, Jason. My hope is that in sharing my story about the impact this has had on me, is that the community that I grew up in, comes together and brings justice for his horrific death.

I want justice for my one-year-old twin daughters, Malea and MaKayla. My heart aches when I think about them growing up without their father. Jason was a loving husband, friend, and father that always had a smile, was always giving, and he touched many lives. I have been surrounded by love and support from everyone, I'm very grateful for that. My hope is that we can find closure by finding the person who took his life.

If someone knows something, please come forward. Imagine if it was your loved one that had their life cut short."

The family has started a GoFundMe for Jason Gordon.

Anyone with information is asked to call San Diego Police at 619-531-2000 or Detective Lewak at 858-573-5054.