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71-Year-Old Man Dies in Fallbrook Hit-and-Run Crash

Deputies were investigating a hit-and-run crash that left a 71-year-old man dead in Fallbrook Wednesday morning.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department responded just after 5 a.m. to a report of a person down near E. Mission Road and N. Vine Street. When deputies arrived, a man was found dead in the street, SDSO said.

Officials found security footage from a nearby business that could help identify the driver.

In the video, a person appears to be walking slowly at the top of the frame. Then after the crash, a late 1990s or early 2000s white Suburban or Yukon can be seen driving away.

The California Highway Patrol said evidence appears to show the man’s body was trapped under the car and was dragged for nearly a block.

Anna and Jim O’Brien have lived in the area for nearly two decades and were shocked by the hit-and-run.

“It's sure sad. I hate to see something like that taking place,” Jim O’Brien told NBC 7.

The sheriff's department believes the man was crossing E. Mission Road at Iowa Street when he was struck by the vehicle.

The vehicle did not remain at the scene.

“Somebody didn't stop and help. I don't understand that,” Anna O’Brien said.

Deputies could be seen inspecting a backpack and some clothing during their hours-long investigation. E. Mission Road at N. Orange Avenue was closed for about three hours for the investigation.

Residents in the area told NBC 7 that E. Mission Road is a busy road and cautioned drivers to be aware of pedestrians.

No other information was available.

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