Driver sought in deadly Riverside hit-and-run crash

POSTED: 12:10 PM PDT Apr 29, 2013    UPDATED: 12:19 PM PDT Apr 29, 2013 
RIVERSIDE, Calif. -

Two people were killed and two others injured today when the driver of a pickup truck blasted through a red light at a Riverside intersection and T-boned a car, then fled the scene on foot.

Robert Blackman Jr., 68, of Riverside suffered life-ending injuries when his 2009 Saturn sedan was hit as he attempted to make a left turn onto Sedgwick Avenue from westbound 14th Street.

A 39-year-old woman riding in the front passenger seat of the Saturn was also killed. Her identity was not immediately released.

According to Riverside police, the hit-and-run crash occurred around 12:35 a.m. when a man at the wheel of a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche, heading east on 14th, failed to stop for a red light at Sedgwick and collided with the passenger side of the Saturn as it began a turn.

The Saturn had a green turn arrow, police said. The intersection is located at a sharp bend on 14th, where the street widens from two to three lanes.

After the crash, the pickup driver ran away, leaving behind his injured passenger and not bothering to check the welfare of the other victims, according to Riverside police Sgt. Phil Neglia.

Blackman died at Riverside Community Hospital about 40 minutes after the collision, according to the Riverside County Coroner's Office.

His front-seat passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. A woman riding in the rear of the vehicle was transported to Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley. She's listed in stable condition, Neglia said, adding that the pickup passenger is also in stable condition at Riverside Community Hospital.

The pickup driver was described as Hispanic, about 5-foot-8 and 200 pounds, with a shaved head, mustache and tattoos on both arms.

Anyone with information about the crash was urged to call Riverside police Detective Ken Madsen at (951) 826-8723.