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Manhunt for suspects in deadly hit-and-run accidents

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Police are investigating the deaths of three pedestrians killed in three separate crashes across the county. 

Kevon Wakefield was walking near University Avenue and 52nd Street Sunday night when around 6:20 p.m., he saw a westbound dark Lincoln Navigator swerve and hit a 23-year-old man who was standing in the center divider.

"Everybody expected him to stop. We looked up and he was gone" says Wakefield.

The victim died at the scene.

Eleven minutes later, another fatal hit and run crash happened in National City.

According to police, a 75-year-old man was crossing the street at a crosswalk in the 900 block of East Plaza Boulevard when an older model white truck skidded into the pedestrian. The impact sent the victim into the air and onto the sidewalk. He's been identified as Armando Guerrero. His family didn't talk on camera, but shared his picture with CBS News 8.

The driver, described as a Hispanic man in his mid-30s, took off going westbound. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Five hours later, CHP responded to a report of a disabled vehicle in the roadway on the southbound I-5, just south of the Aliso Creek Rest Area.

Upon arrival, officers discovered that there was a fatality involving a pedestrian struck by several vehicles.

Investigators say the victim, identified only as a 24-year-old man from West Hollywood, was crossing the freeway when he was hit by several vehicles.

The victim was initially struck by a white mid-sized pickup truck in the left southbound lane around 11:20 p.m. Sunday, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

The driver sped off after the crash, the CHP reported. The man was then struck by a small SUV. 

The small SUV spun out and collided with several other vehicles, according to the CHP. The downed pedestrian was then struck by several other vehicles and died at the scene, the CHP said.  His name has not been released.

In light of the fatal accidents, authorities offered the public a reminder.

"If somebody is not at fault and they leave the scene, they become at fault. So ideally we're pleading for people to stop and exchange information and see if somebody's OK," an officer said.

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