Long Beach PD identify suspect accused of killing dad, daughter when truck crashed into home

Surveillance footage shows the vehicle plowing into the apartment where Jose Palacios and his daughter Samantha were sleeping.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- Authorities are asking the public's help in finding a 24-year-old man suspected of a hit-and-run in Long Beach that killed a father and his 3-year-old daughter.

Octavio Montano was allegedly driving a 2014 Ram 1500 pickup truck northbound on Rose Avenue, near East Artesia Boulevard, about 10 p.m. on Mar. 1 when the truck "left the roadway and collided with an apartment building, killing two of the occupants inside,'' the Long Beach Police Department reported.

Montano allegedly fled the scene on foot following the collision. Jose Palacios Gonzalez was pronounced dead at the scene, while his daughter Samantha Palacios was taken to a hospital, where she later died.

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Montano is being described as a Hispanic man who is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and unspecified tattoos on his right forearm.

Anyone with information on Montano's whereabouts was asked to call LBPD Detective Kevin Johansen at 562-570-7355.

Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.

Meanwhile, the family has set up a GoFundMe to help with expenses.

City News Service, Inc. contributed to this report.

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