Hit and Run Accident in Vista, California, Leaves a Passenger Dead

Posted on Jul 11, 2011

July 11, 2011 - Vista, Calif. -- One Escondido man is dead after his car erupted into flames when he was hit by another car, and another man is accused of a felony hit-and-run that caused the fiery accident, CBS8.com reported.

Miguel Angel Rojas, 18, of Escondido, Calif., perished after Juan Carlos Carrillo, 20, slammed his 1995 Lexus ES300 into Rojas' Dodge Caravan at the corner of Elmwood Drive and Washington Avenue.

Police say Carrillo was heading east when he collided into the Caravan and that he and two other passengers fled the scene. The accident took place at approximately 2:15 a.m. on Sunday, July 3.

The collision caused a fire, and shortly after igniting, the minivan was engulfed by the blaze. The San Diego County Medical Examiner's office reported that Rojas was not killed by the impact, but from smoke inhalation and burns.

After a search for the suspect was conducted and police identified the wrecked Lexus that had been left behind at the accident, Carrillo was arrested at 5:30 p.m. the same day and was held at the Vista Detention Center under suspicion of driving without a license and a felony hit-and-run resulting in death or injury. His bail was set at $50,000.

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