Man Found Dead in Middle of Road Identified

Police believe he died after falling while chasing after a vehicle

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     The San Diego Police Department released new details Thursday about a "weird case" in Linda Vista, where a man's body was found lying in the middle of the road. 

    San Diego resident Juan Carlos Bautista-Barrera, 20, was found face down in the 2600 block of Ulric Street just after midnight Wednesday. 

    He was pronounced dead on the scene in what police said was a suspicious death. 

    Now, they believe his death was accidental. 

    Investigators said Bautista-Barrera had an argument with family members, after which his family drove off in their vehicle southbound on Ulric Street. 

    Bautista-Barrera ran after the vehicle and fell, causing trauma to his head and neck. 

    His official cause of death won't be released for several weeks until a toxicology report is completed.

    Police said the driver of the vehicle was not drinking and will not be charged in the case.

    Officers were interviewing people from the apartment complex adjacent to where Bautista-Barrera was found.

    Resident Daniel Leon said he met the victim this week and, as far as he knew, the man was moving in to the complex with a wife and child.

    “He didn't look like a bad guy. He looked like a normal person with a big smile on his face --you know -- normal,” Leon said.