Ceres Police are asking for the public’s help in locating the hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a pedestrian Tuesday evening after running a red light on Mitchell Road at Whitmore Avenue.
Killed was pedestrian Isaac Ishak, 56, of Ceres who pronounced dead at a local hospital.
According to Ceres Police Traffic Officer Freddie Ortiz, the crash occurred at 7:14 p.m. The victim was lying in the northbound number one lane of Mitchell Road just south of Whitmore Avenue. Witnesses said that a dark-colored van, possibly a Dodge, was northbound on Mitchell Road and drove into the two-way left turn lane to pass vehicles stopped for the red light. The van entered the crosswalk at the precise moment as Ishak was walking. The driver stopped and got out to see what he struck and got back in the van and left the scene by driving across northbound lanes of Mitchell Road to make an eastbound turn onto Whitmore Avenue.
Witnesses said the driver was a Hispanic man of thin build in his early 30’s, with short hair wearing a white tank top. Witnesses stated the van had a shattered windshield and a missing rearview mirror on the passenger side.
The Ceres Police traffic unit urges anyone with information about this driver or vehicle to contact Traffic Officer Freddie Ortiz at 538-5678.