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Skateboarder Killed By Hit-And-Run Driver; Police Seek Leads

"The vehicle was identified as a white, gray or black truck," said sheriff's Sgt. Danny Lingo. "The driver failed to stop and render aid after the collision occurred and has not been identified."

A search was under way today for the pickup truck driver who ran over and killed an 18-year-old skateboarder in Perris then fled the scene.

Eric Hernandez of Perris suffered fatal injuries when he was struck around 8:40 p.m. Thursday in the 2600 block of Redlands Avenue, just south of Placentia Avenue, according to the Riverside County Coroner's Office.

Authorities said Hernandez was riding his skateboard north on Redlands when a pickup plowed into him from behind.

"The vehicle was identified as a white, gray or black truck," said sheriff's Sgt. Danny Lingo. "The driver failed to stop and render aid after the collision occurred and has not been identified."

Hernandez was pronounced dead at the scene less than 20 minutes later.

According to Lingo, the pickup will likely have damage to the passenger- side grill and front fender. He asked anyone with information to call the sheriff's Perris station at (951) 210-1000. --City News Service

susie-q February 09, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Same thing happened in Lake Elsinore a year ago, still no word on the hit Nd run driver. This has got to stop! So sorry for the family and the victim.
rodger cambell February 09, 2013 at 02:39 PM
This is honorable but if something isn't done in Lake Elsinore on grand and riverside dr., its gona keep happening. In the last week of driving in that area iv witnessed kids skate boarding home from school and going out in oncoming traffic snd even falling in the middle of the street. These streets need walk waus too.
ocean beach February 09, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Don't skateboard on the road in the dark
One Voice February 09, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Rodger, so true and the skate boarders challenge the drivers on Grand and head right into the car these kids are asking for trouble on this dangerous road.
No one February 09, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Wasn't Chris Dorner in the area on Thursday driving a grey or black truck???
David February 14, 2013 at 04:59 AM
This is sad I think and we need to bring this person to justice also its my belief that eveyone at night should were a light or reflective type shirt to be seen by drivers there is alot more people on the road and walker and night should be safer walking the roads my this young man rest in peace

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