Coroner Identifies Hemet Fatal Hit And Run Victim
Written by Trevor Montgomery
The Riverside County Coroner’s Office has identified Michael Villalpando, a 33-year-old resident of Hemet, as the victim of a fatal hit and run accident that occurred on State Hwy 74, East of Lake Street, in the unincorporated area of Hemet last night.
Villalpando was reportedly married and had five children.
A California Highway Patrol spokesperson had previously confirmed a man died Friday evening, November 6, after being hit by a car while he was walking along Highway 74.
At about 9:21 p.m., the California Highway Patrol received a 911 call that a man had been struck by a sedan near the intersection of Highway 74 and New Chicago Avenue.
Witnesses at the scene had stated the vehicle involved in the fatal hit and run was red in color, had paper plates and sustained front end damage during the collision. The vehicle was also said to have been missing a side mirror, which was possibly recovered at the scene of the accident.
The vehicle involved in the crash was found and towed for evidence as part of the vehicular manslaughter investigation. The driver, who has yet to be unidentified, is reported to have fled the scene.
Anyone with information about this fatal incident is encouraged to immediately contact the California Highway Patrol San Gorgonio Pass office at (951) 769-2000.
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