HEMET, California (March 14, 2013) — Thomas Fletcher Jr., 65, of Hemet was killed early Wednesday morning after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in a silver work truck on Highway 74 just west of Highway 79 in the San Goronio Pass, according to CHP dispatch reports and a press release issued by the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner Department.
About 5:20 a.m., Fletcher was walking across Highway 74 on his way to the local AM-PM store when a driver in the silver truck traveling westbound struck and killed him. The driver continued traveling without stopping and rendering aid to Fletcher who died minutes after the crash, according to a report in the Press Enterprise.
Witnesses are asked to contact the CHP’s Banning office at 951-769-2000.
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Sources: http://cad.chp.ca.gov/, http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/hemet/hemet-headlines-index/20130314-hemet-hit-run-driver-kills-hemet-man.ece
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