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New details in deadly hit & run in Bay Terraces

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BAY TERRACES (CBS 8) - There may be a major break in a deadly hit-and-run. The victim was walking near South Woodman Street and Appian Drive on Tuesday night, when he was hit and dragged several hundred feet.

Friday afternoon, police impounded the truck believed to have hit him, less than a block away.

Bay Terraces resident Yolanda Bradley called 911 Friday after spotting the tractor trailer parked around the corner from where Tuesday night's fatal hit-and-run occurred.

"There's been a lot of changes made to the truck that are not normally there," Bradley said. "We hadn't seen it -- and then it just popped up on Woodman -- just out of the blue -- and that's never where he parks it."

Bradley says she noticed blood on the rear tires and that part of the truck had been freshly painted.

"I got out and took a closer look -- that's when I saw... remnants of the body, the smell, pieces of the skin... the damage to the vehicle," she said.

Police who impounded the tractor trailer for evidence also interviewed its owner, 60-year-old Hector Cota, who lives nearby.

"My dad's in shock right now -- this is not the type of person my dad is -- at all," George Cota said.

Cota's son tells CBS News 8 it is inconceivable to him his father would commit a hit-and-run.

"To me, it's a shock -- everything that they're saying is a shock to me," Cota said.

Cota has his own theory.

"What I think -- it looks like somebody put someone under my dad's truck," Cota said. "Who knows if the person was already dead or alive? Where's the autopsy? Where's everything?"

Bradley says she'll let authorities decide whether to pursue charges.

"He needs to pay for what he did -- if he knew he did it -- and he deliberately ran," she said.

Bradley says her decision to call police was the right thing to do.

"I have six kids... I hope somebody would do that for me, if somebody hit me or one of my children -- it's what we do in this community," she said.

At this point, no arrests have been made. The investigation is focusing on any forensic evidence that can be gleaned from the tractor trailer, which is now in the possession of San Diego police.
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