2 Killed In Separate Riverside County Hit-And-Runs

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The victims were a runner and a motorcyclist. The incidents occurred less than six hours apart.

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA — Leaving the scene of a crash is against the law in California, but it happened twice in less than six hours in Riverside County. In both cases, the victims were left to die.

The most recent incident was reported at about 3:40 a.m. Thursday in the area of Limonite and Pacific avenues in Jurupa Valley. According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, a motorcycle was struck by a vehicle, sending the rider into the roadway.

Deputies and paramedics arrived and found the adult male rider gravely injured. He was taken to a regional trauma center, where he died a short time later. The man’s identity was not released.

The motorist who hit the bike allegedly fled the scene but was tracked down.

“The ensuing investigation led to the identification of the other vehicle, and it was later located at a residence in Jurupa Valley,” according to the sheriff’s department. “The driver … was identified, and the vehicle was impounded.”

No arrest was announced and the driver’s name was not released.

Anyone with information about the crash was asked to contact the sheriff’s Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at 951-955-2600.

Just a few hours earlier, at around 10 p.m. Wednesday, a 25-year-old Winchester man who was out running in a Menifee residential neighborhood was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver.

The fatal incident was reported at 28760 Bradley Road. When Menifee police and Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department crews arrived at the scene, they found the man, later identified by the coroner as Victor Bello, unresponsive in the road. Despite efforts to save him, Bello died at the scene.

A Menifee police investigation determined Bello was running northbound on Bradley when he was hit by a vehicle traveling in the same direction. The driver did not stop.

Police believe the vehicle was possibly a 2021-2023 Hyundai Elantra.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the incident or has more information is asked to call Menifee Police Officer Norwood at 951-723-1612 or contact the Menifee Police Department’s Traffic Unit at 951-723-1690.

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