Escondido, CA

Mesa Rock Road Hit and Run results in teen fatality

UPDATE: The driver, Mr. Paul Anthony Lissona (DOB 09-19-1990) of Escondido was arrested and charged with felony hit and run charges.

A 17-year-old female from unincorporated Escondido was struck and killed in the early morning hours of Saturday June 6th 2020, on Mesa Rock Road.  The California Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a hit and run vehicle and driver.

(Unincorporated Escondido, CA) On Saturday June 6, 2020 at approximately 12:36 AM a 17-year-old female was crossing the roadway on Mesa Rock Road near Mesa Ranch Drive.  Mesa Ranch Drive is located south of Deer Springs Road and north of the intersection of Mesa Rock Road and Centre City Parkway.  The female was standing outside of a vehicle parked on the right shoulder conversing with four friends.  Three of the individuals including the female crossed the road from east to west.  As they were crossing a white Toyota SUV or pickup truck traveling northbound approached at a high rate of speed and struck her.  The friends at the scene, as well as individuals from nearby homes immediately assisted the teen, unfortunately she died at the scene.

Multiple witnesses at the scene described the involved vehicle as a Toyota SUV or pickup truck.  Physical evidence recovered from the scene including vehicle parts with identification numbers are being processed.  Multiple sources of video from around the area is being reviewed as a part of this investigation.

The California Highway Patrol is asking for the publics assistance in locating the vehicle and driver involved in this collision.  Should a member of the public have information regarding this collision, the driver or vehicle they are encouraged to contact the California Highway Patrol Border Communications Center and provide information, 858-637-3800.  When calling the communication center please reference the date and time of the collision (June 6, 2020 at 12:36 AM) on Mesa Rock Road.

Thank you in advance for any information that leads to locating the driver of this vehicle.

The Mesa Rock Road was affected from the time of the collision until approximately 3:00 AM when the on-scene investigation was completed.

This incident remains under investigation.



VEHICLE INFORMATION FOR FATAL HIT AND RUN COLLISION THAT INVOLVED A 17-YEAR-OLD – California Highway Patrol is asking the public for assistance in locating a 2008 to 2012 model year range second generation, Toyota Highlander, pearl white in color. The vehicle will have damage to the right front headlight area and right-side mirror. Should a member of the public have information regarding this collision, the vehicle or the driver they are encouraged to contact CHP at 858-637-3800.

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