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Man Killed by Speeding Hit-and-Run Driver in Lancaster

Police say a speeding pickup truck hit the man as he was talking to a group of people.

A man fatally struck Saturday morning in a hit-and-run collision in Lancaster has been identified as 22-year-old Rodney Richards.

The death occurred about 2 a.m. on Lancaster Boulevard near Elm Street, said Deputy Charles Moore of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Information Bureau.

Surveillance video of the incident shows a full-sized white pickup truck barreling into Richards. The victim's family pleaded for help in finding that truck, which is believed to have severe front end damage.

The man was standing in the street on Lancaster Boulevard talking to some people inside a black sedan parked on the south curb when the truck going eastbound on Lancaster Boulevard at speeds in excess of the posted 15 miles-per-hour speed limit struck the victim, Moore said.

The motorist inside the truck stopped and then sped away toward Sierra Highway, he said.

"Witnesses reported the black sedan fled the scene," Moore said. "Witnesses at the scene were not able to get a license plate for the truck."

Paramedics rushed Richards to an area hospital, where he died from his injuries.

The sheriff's Lancaster station asked anyone with information regarding the white pickup truck or the whereabouts of the occupants inside the black sedan to call them at (661) 948-8466.

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