60-Year-Old Man Killed, 3 Injured After Hit-and-Run Crash in Wilmington

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A 60-year-old pedestrian was killed and three others were injured after being struck in a hit-and-run crash in Wilmington on Thursday afternoon.

Javier Heredia is shown in a family photo.

Officers were called to the scene of a crash at the intersection of East E Street and Fries Avenue around 3:17 p.m.

An initial investigation revealed that a black SUV was traveling southbound on Fries Avenue when the driver jumped the curb to avoid hitting another vehicle that was stopped at a stop sign, police said.

The driver then hit the pedestrians before running out of the vehicle along with three other passengers, according to police.

He was seen fleeing on foot on Anaheim Street and the SUV was left at the scene, police said. Witnesses told KTLA they saw the truck run over the leg of one victim and crush him against a wall.

"There was men's voices upset screaming 'something bad happened,'" said Sharon Davidson, a witness.

Family at the scene identified the deceased victim as their grandfather, Javier Heredia, 60.

Heredia, a 20-year employee at an aerospace company, was on his lunch break when he was hit, according to family.

"He was like my father," said Sergio Heredia, the victim's grandson. "He taught me how to be a man. I'm going to miss him. He didn't deserve this."

The suspects ran through an alley into a grocery store after the accident, according to bystanders at the scene. The driver and two others were later taken into custody and a fourth suspect is still outstanding, police said.

The family told KTLA that they take comfort in the fact that some of the suspects have been detained.

"Just knowing that there's something done already, that they made a move, makes me feel a little better but I'll never be the same without my pops," said Sergio Heredia.

One person was released after being "ruled out" as a suspect, police said.

A fundraising campaign has been set up to support Heredia's family and cover funeral costs.