Police recover tractor involved in fatal hit-and-run

By Land Line staff | 5/3/2016

Police recovered the tractor that was involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident, but are still searching for a “person of interest” in the case.


The Vernon Police Department considers Guillermo Ortiz Jr. a “person of interest” and would like to talk with him about a fatal hit-and-run that occurred Saturday in Vernon, Calif.

According to reports, a truck driver allegedly ran a red light going westbound on 37th Street in Vernon, Calif., and hit a pickup truck about 3 a.m. on Saturday, April 30. Armando Murillo, who was a passenger in the pickup, was pronounced dead at the scene. The pickup’s driver sustained minor injuries.

After the accident, the pickup was lodged under the semi’s trailer. The truck driver allegedly unhooked the trailer and drove away.

Vernon Police Sgt. Brandon Gray said Tuesday that the tractor was found unoccupied in a parking lot at 26th Street and Soto Street, which is northeast of where the crash occurred.

Police have deemed Guillermo Ortiz Jr. a “person of interest” in the case.

“We do not have any leads as to his location or his whereabouts,” Gray said. “We are interested in speaking with him and anybody who may have witnessed the traffic collision or knows where Mr. Ortiz is. I can’t tell you how we came to Mr. Ortiz’s involvement in the incident, but we believe that he has valuable information to assist us in solving this investigation.”

Anyone with information about the crash or Oritz’s whereabouts is asked to call 323-587-5171.

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