Person of Interest Identified in Whittier Hit-and-Run Crash That Left Grandfather Dead

Police were searching for a man identified as a person of interest Monday after a hit-and-run crash in Whittier that left a grandfather of 10 dead.

The person of interest was identified Monday as 30-year-old Randy Marquez after a white pickup truck, owned by Marquez, struck a man crossing the street Saturday night. 

It wasn't clear if Marquez was behind the wheel, but investigators wanted to speak with him.

The victim was identified as Victor Gallegos, 58, of Whittier.

Family members left behind flowers and candles at the scene where Gallegos, a grandfather to 10, was left in the road after a hit-and-run crash.

The crash occurred around 9 p.m. near the intersection of Pickering Avenue and Hadley Street, according to the Whittier Police Department. 

An older model white Toyota pickup truck traveling northbound on Pickering Avenue struck and killed Gallegos as he crossed the road.

The truck fled the scene, police said. The vehicle had front-end damage due to the collision.

The pickup truck believed to be involved in the crash was located later Sunday at 2200 Block of Ruiz Place in Hacienda Heights in the area where Marquez's mother lives, according to Whittier police.

The truck had front-end damage, and was found unoccupied.

Writing on the back end reads, "Affordable Showers, Closet Doors, Windows, Mirrors." 

"We’ve had contact with the person of interest – his mother — to let him know we are looking for him," Lt. Kent Miller said.

Authorities said they believe Marquez is still in the Whittier area.

Anyone with information on where Marquez may be is asked to contact the Whittier Police Department at (562) 567-9240 or via the crime tip hotline at (562) 567-9299.

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