- A Southern California man was pulled from his truck and beaten to death, authorities said.
- Police arrived to find the man beaten and on the ground.
- The man allegedly tried to hit pedestrians with his truck.
A man in Southern California who was apparently trying to crash into pedestrians was pulled from his truck and beaten to death, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
The uproar began early Saturday morning when the man was asked to leave the Rock It Sports Lounge and Grill in Hawthorne, a town of 90,000 people 15 miles south of Los Angeles, the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. .
The man left but quickly returned, driving his truck down the sidewalk and nearly bumping into several customers, the statement said. The driver then lost control of the truck and struck a tree.
“Surrounding customers then attempted to get the driver out of his vehicle, but he accelerated and drove his truck to a nearby building,” the statement said. “The customers pulled the driver out of his vehicle again, and a physical altercation ensued.”
The police then arrived at the scene.
“Hawthorne police saw the driver lying on the ground, suffering from what appeared to be blunt trauma,” the statement said. “Paramedics provided rescue measures, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.”
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The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office identified the driver as Melguin Lopez Santos, 40, of Los Angeles. Lieutenant Hugo Reynaga of the Sheriff’s Department told the Daily Breeze that Santos was kicked out of the company for nuisance. The incident was captured on grainy surveillance video and the fight was partially obscured, Reynaga said.
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“You could see there was a fight, but you couldn’t tell who was doing what,” he said.
Detectives were awaiting the results of the autopsy to see if Santo may have suffered from a medical problem during the fight that led to his death, Reynaga said, adding that the accidents “had not been so bad. impact”.
No arrests were made on Sunday, but four people involved in the fight are cooperating with the ongoing investigation, authorities said.