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Police seek SUV driver suspected in Ocean Beach fatal hit-and-run

San Diego police say this SUV — an early-2000s Chevrolet Suburban or GMC Yukon — ran over and killed a man in Ocean Beach.
San Diego police say this SUV — an early-2000s Chevrolet Suburban or GMC Yukon — ran over and killed Frank Thomas Neal on May 21 in Ocean Beach.
(Courtesy of San Diego County Crime Stoppers)

Police say Frank Thomas Neal had fallen in an alley the night of May 21 when a Chevrolet Suburban or GMC Yukon ran over him and didn’t stop.

Police sought public help May 25 in identifying a driver suspected of hit-and-run in the death of a 60-year-old man in an Ocean Beach alley.

San Diego resident Frank Thomas Neal had fallen just after 11 p.m. May 21 and was lying on the pavement in the north alley off Niagara Avenue and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard when an SUV ran over him, according to San Diego police traffic Sgt. Victoria Houseman.

Frank Thomas Neal, 60, was found late May 21 off Niagara Avenue and Sunset Cliffs Boulevard.

“The driver did not stop to check on the victim or call for help and fled the scene immediately,” Houseman said in a news release. The SUV was heading east in the alley, she added.

Someone found Neal injured just before 11:30 p.m. and called for help, police said. When officers arrived, he was unresponsive and a citizen was doing CPR.

Paramedics took over, but Neal was pronounced dead at the scene minutes later, police said.

The involved vehicle, images of which were captured by a surveillance video camera, is believed to be an early-2000s Chevrolet Suburban or GMC Yukon with a sunroof, raised suspension, shiny silver rims and side molding.

Investigators think it sustained no damage from striking Neal, police said.

Anyone with information about Neal’s death or the SUV was asked to call the San Diego police traffic investigations unit at (858) 495-7800 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Anonymous tipsters also can contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org, and anyone providing information that leads to an arrest could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

— City News Service contributed to this report.


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