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Man standing outside car struck, killed on I-15 in Victorville; driver sought

UPDATE 7/18 — The San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased male as 31-year-old Laquinton Terrell Obanner of Compton. Obanner was transported to Desert Valley Hospital where he was pronounced deceased in the emergency department at 5:44 am.

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A man who was standing outside a car on the I-15 freeway was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, officials said.

It happened at about 3:10 am on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, on the southbound I-15, north of Bear Valley Road.

California Highway Patrol Officers responded to a report of a vehicle with collision damage on the west shoulder of the freeway.

According to a news release, “when officers arrived on scene, they located a 2013 Hyundai Elantra with driver’s side collision damage and a pedestrian lying on the west shoulder of southbound Interstate 15, suffering from major injuries.”

The pedestrian was transported to Desert Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. 

CHP officials said it was determined the pedestrian was standing outside of the Hyundai Elantra when he was struck by an unknown vehicle which fled the scene. 

Evidence located at the collision scene would indicate the suspect vehicle to possibly be a large commercial type vehicle with damage to its right side including its right side wheels and tires.

“We would ask the public to be vigilant if they notice a commercial type vehicle that could have been involved in this collision,” stated the release.

CHP Officer Mike Mumford told Victor Valley News Group it has not been verified that the pedestrian was the driver of the vehicle due to lack of witness statements.  “The pedestrian was not the registered owner and it is unclear if the vehicle experienced mechanical difficulties.”

This collision is still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol, Victorville Area.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is urged to call 760-241-1186.

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