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Victim of Fatal Escondido Hit-Run Crash Was Anthony Lopez Vega, 14

CrimeVictim of Fatal Escondido Hit-Run Crash Was Anthony Lopez Vega, 14

San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office at the County Operations Center.San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office at the County Operations Center. Photo by Ken Stone

Authorities Friday released the name of a teenage boy who was killed last weekend in a hit-and-run crash in an Escondido intersection.

Anthony Lopez Vega, 14, was crossing Grand Avenue at Bear Valley Parkway when a black SUV struck him shortly before 9:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Following the fatal impact, the man behind the wheel of the northbound 2021 Lexus RX350 continued driving and left the area, police reported.

Paramedics took the victim to Palomar Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Based on witness statements and other evidence, police identified the suspected hit-and-run driver as 70-year-old Jon Edwin Kiesel of Escondido, Lt. Scott Walters said. Detectives arrested Kiesel on Sunday.

A GoFundMe page was set up to help Anthony’s family with funeral and burial costs.

City News Service contributed to this article.

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