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UPDATE: Fallbrook father killed in suspected hit and run in Valley Center

Manuel Leon, a 27-year-old construction worker from Fallbrook, husband, and father of three (wife is expecting in May), tragically lost his life in a hit-and-run incident while working as a traffic stop controller in Valley Center on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

The incident, which occurred around 7 a.m. on Cool Valley Road east of Cole Grand Road, was described by a witness who shared that Manuel attempted to stop the vehicle by lifting his stop sign and waving it back and forth. However, the driver ignored the signal and accelerated instead of slowing down.

Manuel was believed to have suffered severe injuries, rendering him brain-dead by the time paramedics arrived. Two individuals at the scene comforted him, holding his hand and offering prayers to him, ensuring he wasn't alone in his final moments, according to his wife Monse.

"My husband was the most dedicated husband, father, son, and brother," his wife shared on the fundraising page. "He was working tirelessly to provide for our kids and give them everything they could possibly need and want."

Leon is survived by his wife, Monse, who is expecting a baby boy in May, and their two children, ages 7 and 4.

On Thursday at approximately 4:30 p.m., California Highway Patrol officers arrested Ruperto Lopez, 77, suspected to be the driver of the Toyota involved in the hit-and-run incident. Lopez was taken into custody and booked at Vista Jail with bail set at $500,000.

Lopez faces charges including hit-and-run causing death and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.

Authorities continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident, including whether alcohol or drugs were factors. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

To support the family, contributions can be made through Venmo, Zelle, and GoFundMe. For Zelle, search "Monserrat Leon Bailon" at [email protected].

GoFundMe “Tribute for Expectant Father Killed in Hit & Run Crash”

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Monse Leon and her husband Manuel, Monse is 8 months pregnant and expecting a baby boy in May.

Authorities are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident, including whether alcohol or drugs played a role. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Manuel Leon, 27, was hit and killed, leaving a pregnant wife and two children.

In order to contribute to the family, Venmo, Zelle and GoFundMe are being used. For Zelle, search: Monserrat Leon Bailon, [email protected]

https://www.gofundme.com/f/tribute-for-expectant-father-killed-in-hit-run-crash?utm_campaign=p_lico+share-ai-sheet&utm_content=share_ai_integrated&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer

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The family is using Venmo and Zelle to raise funds. To donate with Zelle, go to Monserrat Leon Bailon, [email protected]

Or for Venmo, use the QR code to donate.

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VALLEY CENTER - A 27-year-old construction worker directing traffic was killed in a suspected hit-and-run incident in Valley Center Monday morning, according to a California Highway Patrol official.

The crash occurred around 7 a.m. on Cool Valley Road east of Cole Grand Road, as reported by CHP Officer Hunter Gerber.

The victim, a construction flagman working near a construction site, was struck by a Toyota Corolla, Gerber said. The sedan fled the scene before law enforcement arrived.

Emergency dispatchers received the call regarding the collision. Paramedics transported the injured worker to a local hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries. His identity has not been disclosed pending family notification.

On Thursday at approximately 4:30 p.m., CHP officers located and arrested the suspected driver of the Toyota. The individual was booked into Vista Jail on multiple charges, including felony hit-and-run.

Authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident, including whether alcohol or drugs played a role. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

 

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