San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the California Highway Patrol are asking for assistance from the public to help locate a suspect wanted for a fatal hit and run.
Investigators said back on August 25, 2009, at approximately 6:40 a.m., the victim, 64-year-old Gregoria Valencia, was temporarily stopped on the right shoulder of eastbound SR-94 west of 30th Street; Valencia had pulled his vehicle over to clean the front windshield. As Valencia stood near the rear of his vehicle, a second vehicle driven by Omar Juarez veered onto the shoulder and struck Valencia. Juarez’s vehicle then struck the side of Valencia’s vehicle and came to rest in front of it. Juarez immediately fled the scene on foot, leaving the vehicle he was driving and Valencia behind. Valencia died as a result of his injuries. Valencia had an adult male passenger who remained in the vehicle but was ejected during the accident. The passenger has recovered from his injuries.
The vehicle driven by Juarez was legally registered to his brother. After contacting the brother, it was determined that Juarez had borrowed the vehicle from his brother to go to work. Juarez was living in the 2700 block of C Street with family but has not been seen since the accident. Juarez is a citizen of Tijuana, Mexico and has family currently living in both San Diego and Tijuana.
Suspect Description: Hispanic male, 29 years old, 5’8” tall, approximately 170 Lbs., black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information on the location of the suspect should call the CHP at (619) 220-5492 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anonymous email and text messages can be sent in via http://www.sdcrimestoppers.com.
- Media inquiries about the case can be directed to CHP Officer Art Athans at
- Media inquiries about Crime Stoppers can be directed to either Officer James Johnson at (619) 531-1500 or Deputy Adriana Uribe at (619) 531-1547.
For information leading to an arrest, you could receive up to a $1,000 reward and remain anonymous. The qualification of any person(s) for the reward and the amount of the reward for any person(s) so qualifying will be determined by San Diego County Crime Stoppers, Inc, in its sole discretion. The amount of all rewards given shall not exceed $1,000. Information must be received on the tip line, (888) 580-8477.