14-year-old boy killed by driver in Escondido – NBC 7 San Diego


A 14-year-old boy was fatally injured in a hit-and-run accident in Escondido while walking on a crosswalk, police said Sunday.

The Escondido Police Department received a 911 call at 9:27 p.m. Saturday, reporting a collision involving a pedestrian at the intersection of Bear Valley Parkway and Grand Avenue, Lt. Scott Walters said.

Police arrived within minutes and discovered 14-year-old Anthony Lopez lying on the roadway, the lieutenant said. The vehicle had fled.

Officers immediately began CPR until Escondido firefighters arrived, Walters said. Paramedics transported the boy to Palomar Medical Center where he later died from injuries sustained in the crash.

“Investigators have determined that the boy crossed east on the Bear Valley Parkway crosswalk at Grand Avenue and was struck by a vehicle traveling north on Bear Valley Parkway,” Walters said.

Investigators made an arrest Sunday, incarcerating 70-year-old Escondido resident Jon Edwin Kiesel in Vista Detention Center on a hit-and-run charge, Escondido police said.

Preliminary investigations concluded that Lopez was crossing east in the Bear Valley Parkway and Grand Avenue crosswalk against a “no walking” sign and was hit by a northbound car at a green light on Bear Valley Parkway.

The lead collision investigator is Constable Paul Smyth, and anyone with information about the incident has been asked to call him at 760-839-4423.

Anyone with information can submit an anonymous tip at 760-743-TIPS (8477) or via police.escondido.org.


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