Yucaipa police have asked for the public's help in locating a hit-and-run driver who struck a man in front of his wife, then left him to die in the road's dirt shoulder on Thursday night.
The fatal hit-and-run occurred shortly before 10:50 p.m. in the area of Avenue E and Seventh Street, according to a news release from the Yucaipa Police Department.
The victim, identified as 34-year-old Cesar Flores, was out walking with his wife Yolanda when he was suddenly struck.
"All of a sudden this person just ... run him over and make him fly away from me," the grief-stricken widow said through tears.
Flores suffered major injuries to his head and leg, and his wife initially tried to render aid on her dying husband, authorities said in the release.
"I was in shock. I just heard a really loud noise and then I run to him and he was bleeding," Yolanda Flores said.
He was transported to Redlands Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Flores leaves behind his wife and seven children.
Police said the car that struck Flores fled the scene and did not even brake after the collision.
Witnesses described the vehicle as a late model, light-colored passenger car, according to the release. Investigators suspect it will have damage to the right front side.
A description of the driver was not provided.
Meanwhile, Yolanda Flores was pleading for the public's assistance in locating the driver who killed her husband.
"Please help us. Cesar was a loving husband. The best husband in the world. The best dad," she said.
Anyone with information about the hit-and-run or the car involved has been asked to contact the Yucaipa Police Department by calling 909-918-2328.
Those wishing to give information anonymously should call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-782-7463, or go to the website http://www.wetip.com.