SDPD seeking help in investigation of skateboarder killed by hit and run

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – No chargers were made to a man who turned himself in after being involved in a hit-and-run incident that killed a 15-year-old skateboarder Friday in the El Cerrito area near San Diego State University.

Based on the investigation, according to Lt. Scott Bender, Jonathan Cortez was struck by multiple vehicles while skateboarding on the 3600 block of 54th Street . The drivers from each of the vehicles is being asked to step forward in order for the investigation to progress.

The San Diego Police Department is asking for all parties involved and anyone with information to contact the Traffic Division at 619-531-2000.

Tuesday 12:31 p.m. – Charges were still pending for a man who turned himself in after a hit-and-run crash killed a 15-year-old skateboarder in the El Cerrito area.

The victim, Jonathan Cortez of San Diego, fell to the ground while skateboarding in the 3600 block of 54th Street and was struck by a northbound minivan shortly before 8:30 p.m. Friday. He died at the scene.

The vehicle suspected of hitting the teenager and then leaving the scene was described as a green Dodge Caravan with California license plate 4DQJ456. Though, police said it was unclear if more than one vehicle struck the victim.   

The minivan’s suspected driver turned himself in Monday night, but has not been arrested, according to news reports.   

The City Heights man, whose name was not immediately released, called police around 7:20 p.m. after he saw pictures of the minivan online, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Officers found the van parked in an alley in the vicinity of 50th Street and Trojan Avenue.   

The case has been forwarded to the county District Attorney’s Office, which will decide whether to press charges against the driver.

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