Teen struck, killed by hit-and-run driver in Tierrasanta

Posted at 4:38 AM, Mar 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-10 19:07:24-05

SAN DIEGO - Police are searching for the driver who struck a 16-year-old boy in Tierrasanta and fled the scene Thursday night.

San Diego police said the collision happened shortly after 11:50 p.m. in the 5700 block of Santo Rd.

According to police, two teen boys were walking southbound near the median on Santo Rd. when a black 4-door car traveling at a high rate of speed hit one of them. The other teen safely made it the to the median and was not hurt.

The victim was declared dead at the scene.

Police said the car, which lost its driver's side mirror in the collision, did not stop and continued on Santo Rd.

Several people witnessed the collision and tried to help, including a motorcyclist whose GoPro camera may have captured the crash or information the vehicle.

A detailed description of the suspected hit-and-run vehicle was not immediately available.

While the victim has not been identified, the San Diego Unified School District said Friday that a message to parents of students at Serra High School from Principal Erica Renfree was distributed:

“Parents: Late last night an accident occurred on Santo Road. The report was a 16-year-old was hit by a car and had passed away. I was notified at 5 a.m. this morning and have been working on this all day in order to give you information. Unfortunately we do not have any. There is no confirmation legally of the child’s identity or if the child is even a student here. However I understand a name is being said about who the victim might be. As soon as I receive legal confirmation of the information from the accident I will communicate with you further; even if that is over the weekend. Please make sure in your conversations with one another that you are aware of the impact it might have on the family of this child. Please be careful this weekend and regardless if it is a Serra student or not take care of one another and look out for each other. We are here if you need us. As soon as I know you will know. In addition, Monday we will have resources available to any students that may need it if it is confirmed it is indeed a Serra student. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at”

The message was also read to students over the school's public announcement system Friday.