Family of grandfather killed in Stanton hit-and-run speaks out

STANTON, Calif. (KABC) -- The family of a man killed by a hit-and-run driver spoke out on Friday in hopes the alleged killer would be found.

Martin Diaz looked at a memorial to his grandfather Rosendo Perez. The 57-year-old was hit and killed Thursday night near his home in Stanton.

Diaz said his grandfather was heading across Cerritos Avenue near Sherrill Street, returning to his truck to grab a bag of oranges.

"I heard the accident. I ran to see. I saw my grandpa laying on the floor. He wasn't moving at all," Diaz said.

Authorities said the driver took off-leaving Perez to die in the street.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department released photos of the white Hyundai involved in the incident. Authorities later found the vehicle, which had front-end damage, abandoned a few blocks away.

Investigators said they would like to talk with a woman seen leaving the car.

"Did she meet up with someone? Did she get into another vehicle and drive away? We just don't know at this time," said Lt. Mark Stichter of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Diaz said his grandfather, married more than 25 years, worked in construction and lived in the neighborhood for most of his life.

He said he can't understand why the person who hit him did not stop to help.
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