HIGHLAND (CBSLA.com) — Authorities have released a photo of the vehicle whose driver reportedly slammed into a pedestrian Sunday in Highland.
The image shows a 2002 Blue Chevrolet Blazer with California license plate 6UTD023 driving away from where 53-year-old William “Bill” Alvarez was struck. The registered owner is Tommy Alan Kormillo, who deputies believe was driving the SUV at the time of the collision.
At approximately 5:30 p.m., Alvarez was crossing the street near the intersection of Baseline and Sterling Avenue when he was hit by the suspected vehicle. He was run over shortly thereafter by another car. Both drivers failed to stop and check on Alvarez.
In a preliminary investigation, detectives told CBS2/KCAL9 reporter Melanie Woodrow that it appeared the victim was not using the crosswalk and it was unclear who had the right of way.
Investigators were able to collect evidence from the scene, including pieces of the car, or cars, that were left behind.
Alvarez reportedly was hit so hard that he was knocked out of some of his clothing and a vehicle lost its hood.
“I just hope whoever did this comes forward,” said the victim’s sister, Anna Vargas. “I know they’re scared, but even people that hit animals stop.”
Anyone with information regarding the collision or the suspect’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Highland Police Department at (909) 425-9793. Anonymous tips can be given at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or at www.wetip.com.