Semi Driver Flees Scene After Fatal Crash with Pickup Truck

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Police in California are actively looking for a trucker accused of fleeing the scene after a deadly crash on the early morning of April 30th.

Shortly before 3 a.m., investigators said the driver of the 18-wheeler ran a red light before colliding with a pickup truck that was found lodged underneath the trailer of the big rig.

According to authorities, the suspect apparently detached the cab from the trailer and fled.

When emergency crews arrived on scene, they found two men trapped inside the pickup truck.

The driver was removed from underneath the trailer and transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition, police said. The passenger of the truck was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have confirmed that the driver had been involved in a minor crash near Soto and 37th streets shortly before the deadly incident.

Authorities say the driver of the 18-wheeler is described as a tall white male, Gray said. The trailer left behind was not reported stolen, officials said. The identity of the driver is still under investigation.

However, they have identified a man by the name of Guillermo Ortiz Jr. as “a person of interest” in the crash.

If convicted, the trucker could face several charges, including: fleeing the scene of an accident and manslaughter.

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