TORRANCE, CA (October 28, 2022) – Early in the morning on Thursday in Torrance, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. The victim was later identified as Ralph Paccione.

The October 27 crash occurred on Artesia Boulevard in the 2700 block.

The time was roughly 7:35 a.m., Ron Salary said. Salary is a sergeant with Torrance Police.

A vehicle–described as a pickup truck, white in color–was reported by witnesses to have been traveling at a fast speed.

The white pickup truck struck another vehicle–described as a black pickup truck–and smashed into a fence nearby.

The force of the crash sent the white pickup truck to hit a pedestrian, according to reports.

The white pickup came to a stop at a residence and, according to Salary, the person who was driving the white pickup ran from the crash site.

Responders pronounced the pedestrian deceased at the scene of the crash.

Paccione was a resident of Torrance, 78 years old.

Responders transported the driver of the other pickup truck to the hospital. The patient suffered injuries that were described as minor.

He was identified only as a resident of Gardena, 44 years old. His name is not known from reports.

Investigators are working to find the suspect hit-and-run driver, and to collect details regarding the crash.

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