Press Release #080215(01)-Male Skateboarder Struck, Killed in Hit & Run
A young man was struck and killed while riding his skateboard in a Fort Concho neighborhood early this morning and police are searching for the hit-and-run driver.
The San Angelo Police Department has identified the victim as 21-year-old Joe Carlos Lopez of San Angelo.
Police were dispatched to the 1300 block of South Chadbourne around 2:30 a.m. this morning for the report of an unconscious person in the roadway. Upon arrival, officers spoke with a passerby who said they observed a skateboard in the road and what appeared to be a body nearby.
San Angelo Police Traffic Investigators, Criminal Investigations Division Detectives, Crime Scene Investigations, and San Angelo Fire Department Medics responded to aid with the investigation. Justice of the Peace E. Howard responded and pronounced Lopez deceased at the scene.
Motors Investigators determined Lopez was struck by a vehicle that was southbound on Chadbourne Street near E. Avenue I while riding his skateboard in the outside lane. The driver did not stop to render aid or call authorities.
Evidence at the scene suggests the suspect vehicle may be a late-nineties to early two-thousand model Ford Pickup or Explorer with damage to the headlight area.
If you have any information about the identity and whereabouts of the suspect and vehicle, please call San Angelo Hit & Run Investigator Steven Quade at (325) 657-4253 or Officer Josh Loudermilk at (325) 657-4307. To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or call the SAPD's 24 hour Tip Hotline at 1-855-TIPS-247. You can also text your tips, text TIP SAPD followed by your message, to 888777.
This is an ongoing investigation and no other information is available at this time.
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