The family of the man apparently killed after allegedly trying to flee pedestrians in Hawthorne spoke Monday as authorities continue to investigate the case.
Investigators said the incident occurred around 2 a.m. Saturday when the driver – identified as 40-year-old Melguin Lopez – was apparently asked to leave the Rock at Sports Lounge at 14239 Hawthorne Boulevard. Was
He returned to the bar, where he allegedly drove his truck onto the sidewalk and hit several guardians, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Lopez then lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree. Authorities said some guardians then surrounded the truck and tried to pull it out, but he ran away and crashed into a nearby liquor store.
The release said that a mob tried to remove Lopez from the vehicle once again, which led to a fight.
At the scene, Hawthorne Police Department officers arrived at the scene, answering several 911 calls regarding an attempt to kill a truck pedestrian.
Police found Lopez on the sidewalk, apparently in shock. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
No arrests have been made in connection with the incident, and on Monday relatives sought justice for their loved one and said they wanted to know the full story.
“I don’t think it was an accident. He was killed. It wasn’t the effect of a car. Someone dragged him,” said Monica Perez, Lopez’s common law wife. “I want the truth. Someone is hiding something this time and we need to investigate.
According to one, Lopez left behind four children. GoFundMe account. Perez arranged.
“It’s not okay. Her kids are small, they miss their father. Put yourself in my sister’s shoes. How would you feel if one member of your family was going through this?” ‘S sister-in-law, Elaine Perez, said.
But the family also said they were not fully defending his actions, acknowledging that he was involved in some sort of quarrel. Yet, he says, no one should die like that.
Coroner’s records show that an autopsy is pending and the cause of death has not been determined.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Suggestions can also be submitted to crime prevention by calling 800-222-8477 or by visiting lacrimestoppers.org