Man killed in Richmond after hit-and-run driver blows stop sign

RICHMOND (KRON) — Richmond police are looking for a suspect who allegedly ran a stop sign with his truck and hit another car, killing a driver early Friday morning, police Lt. Andre Hill said.

Hill said police dispatchers got a call at around 12:10 a.m. about a crash involving two cars at the intersection of Solano Avenue and Ventura Street, Hill said.

As officers sped towards the scene, they got more reports that one of the vehicles had an unresponsive man in the driver’s seat and the other vehicle was unoccupied.

The man, identified by police as 77-year-old Anthony Tonti, was immediately treated for life-threatening injuries. Police said he was later transported from the scene, but died shortly thereafter.

Responding officers learned that Tonti, a Walnut Creek resident, had been struck in his Ford Fusion by a Ford Ranger pickup truck that sped through a stop sign on Ventura Street.

After the driver of the Ford Ranger pickup truck struck Tonti’s vehicle, the suspect fled the scene on foot on Solano Avenue towards San Pablo Ave, according to police.

Police did not locate him during a search of the area.

He was described by police as a bald Hispanic man in his 30s who stands at 5 foot 3 inches tall and was seen wearing a black jacket.

Richmond police are asking that anyone with information on this incident or the suspect to call (510) 621-1587.

Bay City News contributed to this report

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