Man dies in hit-and-run crash in Chula Vista, marking city's fourth unsolved hit-and-run

Posted at 4:58 AM, Mar 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-12 23:01:13-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - A man was struck and killed on a Chula Vista street Sunday night, and police are searching for the driver that fled the scene following the collision.

The crash occurred just before 10 p.m. in the 400 block of Moss Street, according to Chula Vista police. Police said the unidentified victim was about to get into his car to go to work when a dark gray BMW with tinted windows hit him and then drove away. The man was left bleeding in the street with a severed leg. 

Emergency crews performed life-saving measures, but the man died at the scene. Police have not released the identity but family members told 10News the victim is 62-year-old Rogelio Arellano.

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Josie Martinez, his partner for more than two decades, says Arellano left for his night shift as a baker just before 10 p.m.

"He told me goodbye, kissed me good night and said he would see me in the morning," said Martinez.

She says a few minutes later, her son heard a horrible noise. Soon after, she and other family members were racing out to the scene.

"He was kind-hearted, hard-working and generous. It's senseless. They knew they hit someone. Why didn't they stop?" said Martinez.

A full description of the BMW was not immediately available, but police say the car likely has front-end damage. The car also lost a part of a headlight in the crash.

A Gofundme campaign has been set up to help the family with expenses.

Anyone with tips is asked to call the Chula Vista Police at 619-422-TIPS.

The crash is the fourth unsolved hit-and-run being investigated by Chula Vista Police since the start of the year.

Three other hit-and-runs have resulted in two other deaths: