Police on Wednesday released photos of a pickup truck and its driver who they believe intentionally caused a fatal hit-and-run crash in Orange one night earlier, and they asked for the public's help to find him.
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A GMC Sierra pickup truck struck a Ford Explorer in the 1500 block of North Tustin Street between Van Owen and Chestnut avenues about 9:40 p.m. Tuesday, Orange Police Lt. Fred Lopez said in a news release.
The Ford rolled over and ejected the 20-year-old driver, a man from Corona, who died in the hospital, police said.
An 18-year-old woman was also thrown from the Ford Explorer and was recovering in the hospital Wednesday, police said.
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The driver of the GMC truck fled the scene and is wanted in connection with homicide, police said. The truck is described as a dark blue 1999 GMC Sierra pickup truck with an extra cab, license plate #8H65628.
The truck driver is believed to be Christian Thomas McQueen (pictured), 43, police said. He has relatives in Stockton and may be headed there.
Police believe the GMC truck driver intentionally struck the Ford SUV and may have known one of its occupants.
"We do know there was some type of altercation. These things generally don't happen by accident," Orange Police Lt. Fred Lopez said. "But until we get the other statement from Christian McQueen, then we can start putting the pieces of the puzzle together."
Anyone with information was urged to call the Orange Police Department at 714-744-7444.
Oleevia Woo and Vikki Vargas contributed to this report.