San Diego

Friends of Man Run Over In Front of Hillcrest Garage Gather for Vigil

Friends and family of a man who was run over by a car and killed in the entrance of a Hillcrest parking garage last week left flowers and candles at the site Tuesday evening.

Police said Daniel Arreola, 27, was sleeping near the entrance to the garage of an apartment complex near Cleveland Avenue and Vermont Street Friday at around 4 a.m. when he was struck by a car driven by a 54-year-old woman.

He was crushed by the car and became pinned underneath it, SDPD said. He was declared dead at the scene.

As loved ones paid tribute Tuesday, they wondered what happened to Arreola before the crash and how he ended up on the sidewalk with no phone or wallet. 

Less than two hours before his death, Arreola posted a picture on social media. What happened in between still isn't clear.

"Between 2 o'clock and 4:15, we need to know what happened and how he ended up here," a loved one said.

A maintenance worker with the apartment complex told NBC 7 he saw surveillance video of the incident. 

"He was dragged under the car into the garage," said Robert Nicol. "It happened very quickly and I don't think he felt any pain." 

On Friday morning a biohazard team was cleaning up the scene. 

The driver told San Diego police she did not see Arreola laying in the street at the time of the crash. 

"She has to live with that," said Nicol. "I don't know what she's been through in her life but I feel bad for her." 

A GoFundMe page has been set up by Arreola's family. 

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