Jesse Zuniga and Benny Zuniga Fatally Injured in Los Angeles Hit-and-Run Incident
LOS ANGELES, CA (May 6, 2019) – Two brothers died after a hit-and-run crash in a residential street in Highland Park on Sunday, May 5.
Family members identified the victims as brothers Benny and Jesse Felix Zuniga, 25 and 19.
At around 1 a.m., the brothers were traveling west on Pollard Street in a white Ford Fusion when a pickup truck heading north on San Pascual Avenue slammed into them. The pickup then pushed their car onto three or four parked vehicles, according to Los Angeles police.
One witness said that he saw the pickup truck moving between 70 to 90 mph, Detective Jose De Leon stated.
The victims were coming home from Paramount and were about to pull up into their apartment when the collision occurred, said two women who identified themselves as the victims’ girlfriends.
After the incident, the driver of the pickup truck went out of the vehicle and fled. A passenger of the truck also left the scene. The truck had paper plates.
Investigators don’t believe that the drivers of the two vehicles were racing, according to De Leon.
Witnesses described the pair who left as two Hispanic men in their 20s. It’s not yet determined if the truck, which they abandoned at the area, is registered to either of them.
The suspects in the incident are still at large. Authorities said there is a 50,000 reward for information that leads to their arrest and conviction.
A GoFundMe account for the victims’ family has been set up.
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