Local Hit and Run Victim ID'd

Carlos Salas, 20, was killed on Friday morning in what authorities are calling a hit and run at the intersection of Marina Hills and Golden Lantern. Police are looking for the driver of a Nissan Maxima.

Carlos Salas, 20, of Laguna Niguel was killed early on Friday morning in what investigators are calling a hit and run accident at the intersection of Marina Hills and Golden Lantern.

Gail Krause, spokesperson for Orange County Sheriff's Department, said police are still searching for the driver of the car found about one quarter of a mile from the scene. Authorities said they received a call that a body was in the crosswalk of Marina Hills and Golden Lantern around 3:48 a.m. Friday.

"The car is a black 1998 Nissan Maxima that is registered to a Dana Point resident," she said. "However, we don't know if the owner is the person who was driving the car at the time. Investigators did find physical evidence on the car that coincides with what they found at the scene. It does appear to be a hit and run accident and the man was dragged before he was left."

Salas later died of injuries at a local hospital, according to Lt. Jim England of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. There was a skateboard found near the scene, he added.

Anyone with information on the crash, or the driver, is asked to contact investigators at 949-425-1860.

Marjiie Emrick September 11, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Thank you so much.
Jamie September 18, 2012 at 07:03 AM
Has the thoughtless, cold hearted person been found yet who did this to Carlos? Very sad indeed!
Debbie L. Sklar September 18, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Hi Jamie: Nope, still at large.
Claudia September 19, 2012 at 01:51 AM
What are the authorities saying exactly? I would think that a name would be released if they are looking for the owner and/or driver of the car...
Jamie September 19, 2012 at 02:06 AM
I agree Claudia. Something doesn't sound right here. You have a car and that is as far as it goes right now? Doesn't sound like an arrest is forthcoming any time soon.


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