- According to authorities, a Southern California man was taken from his truck and beat to death.
- The man was found on the ground and beaten by police officers when the officers arrived.
- According to some reports, the man attempted to strike pedestrians by using his truck.
A Southern California man apparently attempting to crash into pedestrians was pulled from his truck and beaten to death, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department says.
The tumult began early Saturday morning when the man was asked to leave Rock It Sports Lounge and Grill in Hawthorne, a city of 90,000 people 15 miles south of Los Angeles, the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
He quickly returned and drove his truck on the sidewalk almost hitting several people, according to the statement. Driver lost control of his truck, and hit a tree.
According to the statement, “Surrounding patrons attempted then to remove the driver from his vehicle but he accelerated his truck and drove it into a nearby structure.” The driver was again taken out of the vehicle by patrons, and an altercation ensued.
The police arrived at the scene.
“Hawthorne Police officers saw the driver lying on the ground, suffering what appeared to be blunt force trauma,” the statement said. He was declared dead on the spot by paramedics.
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The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office identified the driver as Melguin Lopez Santos, 40, of Los Angeles. Lt. Hugo Reynaga of the sheriff’s department told the Daily Breeze the that Santos was kicked out of the business for being a nuisance. Reynaga stated that the incident was caught on grainy surveillance footage and that it was partly obscured.
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“You could see there was a fight going on, but you couldn’t tell who was doing what,” he said.
Detectives were waiting for the results of the autopsy to see whether Santo may have suffered a medical issue during the fight that led to his death, Reynaga said, adding that the crashes “weren’t that impactful.”
According to authorities, no arrests have been made yet Sunday. Four people who were involved in this fight, however, are cooperating with the investigation.