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Armando Murillo, 28, Victim in Vernon Fatal Hit-and-Run at 37th Street and Santa Fe

VERNON, California (April 30, 2016) –– A 28-year-old Pacoima man identified as Armando Murillo was killed early Saturday morning when a semi-truck allegedly ran a red light and collided with a vehicle at 37th Street and Santa Fe Avenue, according to an ABC New 7 report.

The Chevrolet pickup truck crashed underneath the trailer of the big rig and became wedged underneath it, killing Murillo, who was a passenger at the time, and critically injuring the man driving the vehicle. The big rig truck driver unhitched the trailer and fled the scene in the cab of the truck.

Firefighters had to cut open the vehicle to extricate the two men who were trapped inside following the crash. The injured driver was rushed to USC Medical Center and is expected to survive.

The crash took place at 3:10 a.m. this morning. Police are now searching for the hit-and-run driver who fled the scene after the victims were drug along behind the truck for several feet. The larger truck had reportedly been fleeing another crash at the time of this one.

Police are searching for Guillermo Ortiz Jr., who is a person of interest and may have information about the crash.

Our staff members at Johnson Attorneys Group prayers and thoughts rest with the family members and friends of Mr. Armando Murillo whose life was taken in this tragedy and also remain with the injured victim at this time.

Most deadly accidents are preventable tragedies. If a negligent party has disregarded the safety of others and has led to the death or injury of a family member or close friend, it is likely you may have the right to a wrongful death or a personal injury lawsuit. If your loved one has been a victim of a tragic accident and you believe another person is at fault, we urge you to contact Johnson Attorneys Group today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers at 800-235-6801.

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