Authorities Investigate 3 Deadly Hit-and-Run Crashes

Police are investigating three separate fatal hit-and-run crashes on Sunday night -- one in National City, another in City Heights and a third north of Oceanside.

The first hit-and-run happened at about 6:30 p.m. on Plaza Boulevard near Highland Avenue in National City. Officers said a white, older model pickup truck hit a pedestrian walking in the crosswalk and then took off. The victim, 75-year-old Armando Guerrero, died at the scene.

Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for the truck, which they believe is a Nissan or Toyota and may have front-end damage on the passenger side.

Around the same time, police said a 23-year-old man standing on a center divide in City Heights was struck and killed by a dark-colored Lincoln Navigator. The accident happened near 52nd Street and University Avenue, right outside San Diego Rescue Mission.

The pedestrian, who has not been identified, also died at the scene, police said.

Then near Camp Pendleton, a 24-year-old West Hollywood man was struck by more than one vehicle while trying to run across Interstate 5, causing a vehicle pileup.

Authorities said at about 11:20 p.m Sunday, a mid-size pickup truck took off after striking the man. When the victim tried to get up, he was hit by an SUV, which lost control and hit three other cars.

The white, two-door pickup that fled the scene is still being sought and no arrests have been made as of Monday night.

Gabriel Wico works in National City near where the first pedestrian was hit. He says something needs to be done about the dangerous intersection, where a fading white crosswalk is the only protection.

"It's one of the busiest streets in National City," Wico said. "There's no stop lights or any lights for a crosswalk."

City capital improvement records show no new safety initiatives planned to improve the now-deadly stretch of Plaza Boulevard and a call to the city was unreturned, as the offices are closed through the first of the year.

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