California man beaten to death after targeting pedestrians with his truck, police say

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  • Officials say a Southern Californian was pulled from his truck and beaten to death.
  • Police arrived to see the young man lying on the ground after beating him.
  • The man allegedly attempted to hit the pedestrians with his truck.

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department says a Southern California man was apparently pulled from his truck and beaten to death while attempting to crash pedestrians.

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The sheriff’s department said in a statement that the noise began Saturday morning when the man was asked to leave the Rock It Sports Lounge and Grill in Hawthorne, a city of 90,000 people 15 miles south of Los Angeles.

The man left but soon returned, driving his truck onto the sidewalk and nearly hitting several customers, the statement said. The driver then lost control of the truck and rammed into a tree.


“Neighbors tried to get the driver out of his vehicle, but he accelerated and took his truck to a nearby building,” the statement said. “The patrons then pulled the driver out of his vehicle, and a physical altercation ensued.”

After this the police reached the spot.

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“Hawthorne police officers found the driver lying on the ground in what appeared to be a blunt force stroke,” the statement said. “The paramedics provided life-saving measures, but he was pronounced dead on the spot.”

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The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office identified the driver as Melgin Lopez Santos, 40, of Los Angeles. Lieutenant Hugo Renga of the Sheriff’s Department told daily wind That Santos was put out of business for being a nuisance. Renaga said the incident was captured on grainy surveillance video, and the fighting was partially 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.

Reynaga said that detectives were waiting for the results of the autopsy to see if Santo suffered a medical problem during the fight that led to his death, Renaga said, adding that the accidents “were not that impressive” “

Officials said no arrests were made on Sunday, but four people involved in the fight are cooperating with the investigation.

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