Update: Elderly man dies following alleged hit and run in Encinitas

Update: Elderly man dies following alleged hit and run in Encinitas

Update

3:26 p.m. DEC. 25 | An 87-year-old man fatally injured by a hit-and-run motorist on Saturday evening was identified today by the Medical Examiner as Jack Hesselbach of Encinitas.

Hesselbach was walking in a marked crosswalk eastbound across Balour Drive when he was struck by a northbound pickup truck, San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy Oscar Butler said.

“The decedent had the right-of-way and the truck left the scene,” according to the Medical Examiner.

Witnesses called 9-1-1 and emergency personnel responded to the scene and initiated cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

“The suspect vehicle was located by deputies several blocks away from the collision,” Butler said. “A subject was seen walking away from the general area of the vehicle and was detained. Deputies observed fresh blood droppings on his shoes and believe he was inside the truck. The investigation is ongoing.”

Deputies were dispatched to the scene at 6:04 p.m. where they aided Hesselbach, who was suffering from a ruptured aorta, kidney damage and a broken leg.

Paramedics rushed Hesselbach via ambulance with resuscitative efforts in progress to Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, Butler said. His condition failed to improve and he was pronounced dead.

Earlier

8:04 p.m. DEC. 24  | ENCINITAS — An 87-year-old man who was critically injured by a hit- and-run motorist in Encinitas died today at a hospital and the suspected hit-and-run driver was arrested, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said.

The unidentified 87-year-old man was walking in the crosswalk near the intersection of Balour and San Abella drives, when he was struck by a pickup truck going northbound on Balour Drive, said Deputy Oscar Butler of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies were dispatched to the scene at 6:04 p.m. Saturday where they rendered aid to the pedestrian and searched the suspect vehicle. Paramedics rushed the 87-year-old man, suffering from a ruptured aorta, kidney damage and broken leg, to Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, Butler said.

However, the elderly man died from his injuries on Christmas Eve, San Diego sheriff’s Cpl. Brenda Sipley said. His name was withheld pending notification of next of kin.

“The suspect vehicle was located by deputies several blocks away from the collision. A subject was seen walking away from the general area of the vehicle and was detained,” he said. “Deputies observed fresh blood droppings on his shoes and believe he was inside the truck. The investigation is still on- going.”

The 24-year-old suspect, Alexander Vasquez, has now been booked on suspicion of hit-and-run causing serious injury/death and vehicular manslaughter, Sipley said. Vasquez may have been driving under the influence when the crash took place, she added.

Anyone with information on this fatality was asked to call the San Diego County Sheriff’s office at (858) 565-5200.

ENCINITAS — An 87-year-old man was critically injured by a hit-and-run motorist in Encinitas, a sheriff’s deputy said today.

The 87-year-old man was walking in the crosswalk near the intersection of Balour and San Abella drives when he was struck by a pickup truck going northbound on Balour Drive, said Deputy Oscar Butler of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies were dispatched to the scene at 6:04 p.m. Saturday where they rendered aid to the pedestrian and searched the suspect vehicle. Paramedics rushed the 87-year-old man, suffering from a ruptured aorta, kidney damage and broken leg, to Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, Butler said.

“The suspect vehicle was located by deputies several blocks away from the collision. A subject was seen walking away from the general area of the vehicle and was detained,” he said. “Deputies observed fresh blood droppings on his shoes and believe he was inside the truck. The investigation is still on- going.”

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