The body of a man killed in a hit-and-run was found on Interstate 5 near Old Town early Saturday along with clues that police hope will lead them to the suspect.
A 21-year-old man from Menifee, California was struck along southbound I-5 about a mile away from Lindbergh Field just before 3 a.m. California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers were called to the area after receiving reports of a body in the freeway.
Officers determined the man had been a victim of a hit-and-run while attempting to cross the freeway on foot.
Near the victim, CHP officers found a license plate they believe belongs to a 2004 Honda Accord – possibly from the car that hit the victim. Investigators said the suspect vehicle likely sustained front-end and windshield damage in the collision.
A short time later, investigators found an abandoned car at a Shell gas station in the 2500 block of Pacific Highway.
CHP believes the driver exited the freeway and drove to the gas station where the suspect abandoned the car and took off.
The car was impounded as evidence but no arrests were made in the case.
The name of the victim has not yet been released pending family notification.
Southbound I-5 near Old Town Avenue was temporarily closed during the hit-and-run investigation but had reopened by 6:15 a.m.
The investigation is ongoing. Check back for updates on this developing story.