Police seek leads after trucker dies in hit-and-run incident

| 11/23/2005

A trucker was killed in what police are calling a hit-and-run at a Flying J in Barstow , CA .

Ronald Bert Mendez, 48, a driver for Interstate Distributing Co., was struck by a large vehicle, possibly another truck, at 10:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 20.

The Desert Dispatch, a Barstow-based newspaper, reported that Mendez had bought food at a Burger King across the street from the Flying J and was heading back to his truck when he was hit.

The police are looking for information about the incident, though they have no description of the vehicle involved. Police said they don’t know if the driver was even aware that he or she hit Mendez.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Barstow Police Det. Steve Cunningham at (760) 255-5183. Anonymous tips can be reported to the We Tip hot line at 1-800-78-CRIME.