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Victim of fatal PCH hit-and-run is identified

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Authorities have identified a pedestrian who died after being struck by two cars Saturday on Pacific Coast Highway near Huntington State Beach.

The victim was Matthew Aguilar, 28, of Costa Mesa, according to the Orange County coroner’s office.

Aguilar was walking in the road near Brookhurst Street around 4:30 a.m. Saturday when he was hit by a silver 2003 Cadillac SLS, Huntington Beach police said. A second car then struck Aguilar.

The driver of the Cadillac, a 55-year-old Huntington Beach man, was interviewed and released, police said. Authorities are trying to find the second driver, who did did not stop.

Aguilar “was in the roadway. It was dark, and it was 4:30 in the morning,” said Huntington Beach police Lt. Gary Faust. The driver of the Cadillac “appeared not to have seen the pedestrian. It’s still pretty early in the investigation.”

At this point, there is no indication that the driver of the Cadillac committed a crime, Faust added.

The second driver may not have been at fault either, but fleeing the scene of an accident is against the law.

It is unclear why Aguilar was in the road, police said.


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