MORENO VALLEY, Calif. — Authorities are investigating a Moreno Valley hit and run that killed a pedestrian early Sunday morning, June 21.
The deadly incident, which happened on Fir Ave. near Cognac Ln., caused the hours-long closure of the roadway and officials are still searching for the driver who struck the victim before fleeing the scene.
Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies along with other emergency personnel were dispatched to the area about 2 a.m., after receiving reports of an injured pedestrian down in the middle of the roadway, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. Nathan Kaas has since reported.
When officials arrived they found a severely injured pedestrian in the roadway who appeared to have been struck by a vehicle.
The pedestrian was transported to an area hospital with major injuries; however, despite life-saving efforts the victim later succumbed to their injuries and passed away.
The victim’s identity has not yet been released, pending identification and notification of the person’s family.
During their subsequent investigation deputies called for the temporary closure of Fir Ave, and all vehicles were diverted away from the scene of the fatal collision. The roadway was re-opened around 5 a.m.
Deputies are continuing to search for the driver who fled the scene after fatally hitting the pedestrian and it is unknown at this time if drugs and/or alcohol intoxication were contributing factors in the deadly collision.
Anyone having further knowledge or information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Chris Loucks of the Moreno Valley Station Traffic Team at (951) 486-6832, or after hours at (951) 776-1099. Callers can refer to incident file number MV201730057 and can remain anonymous.