A driver about 40 years old with a pencil-thin mustache struck and killed a 4-year-old boy in Oakland this afternoon before fleeing the scene.
Oakland police officers responded to a report of a collision on the 1300 block of 100th Avenue about 2:30 p.m. Saturday and found the injured boy, identified as Oakland resident Luis Hernandez, Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason said.
Hernandez was transported to San Leandro Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Thomason said.
The van’s driver is believed to have stopped briefly after he hit Hernandez before getting back into the van and fleeing the area, police said. The van is described as late 80s or early 90s, faded black, American-made and with a spare tire and ladder mounted on the back doors, as well as white horizontal stripes along the sides and chrome rims and bumpers. A partial license plate number of 6C5 was recorded.
The driver is described as a Spanish-speaking Hispanic man, about 40 years old, 6 feet tall and 220 pounds with a long black ponytail and a skinny mustache. He was wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.