Big Rig Driver Arrested in Fatal Hit-and-Run

The driver abandoned the big rig and ran into a field, according to a witness

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    The search is on for a big rig driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash. Kate Larsen reports for Today in LA on Thursday Jan. 30, 2014. (Published Thursday, Jan 30, 2014)

    After a more than six-hour manhunt, police have arrested a man suspected of crashing a big rig into two vehicles and later abandoning the truck in San Bernardino County Tuesday.

    The suspect has not been identified. He has been charged with felony hit and run and has also been city for running a red light. A vehicular manslaughter charge could be added a later time, according to officials.

    The big rig hit the vehicles at Etiwanda Avenue and San Bernardino Avenue at 2:15 a.m., officials said. The crash occurred near the border of Fontana and Rancho Cucamonga.

    "The big rig approached from the rear and ran him off the road, then continued northbound," said CHP Sgt. Eric Lee.

    A man, identified as Guadencio Perez, 52, of Ontario, (pictured) was killed in the crash, officials said. He died from trauma to the body, coroner's officials said.

    Perez was the restrained driver and sole occupant of a silver 1997 Infiniti that was struck by a semi-truck with trailer attached, according to the San Bernardino County Coroner's Office.

    The driver may have ran a red light and was driving erratically before the crash, according to a witness.

    The driver abandoned the big rig at Etiwanda Avenue and Napa Avenue, just west of Auto Club Speedway. A witness who followed the driver after the crash said that the driver jumped out of big rig and started running through a field.

    The big rig was registered to an individual and not a company. The owner of the truck had some type of contact with the suspect, and the truck was not stolen, according to CHP.

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