STOCKTON, CA - Stockton police are looking for a semi truck driver who ran over and killed a man at the 3700 block of east Hammer Lane early Friday morning.
According to Stockton police, a city traffic camera at Hammer Lane and Holmes caught video of the semi-truck getting away.
Police said the driver was speeding with a man hanging from the truck's side, before the man fell off and the truck ran him over. The semi-truck driver then continued to flee the scene.
Detectives found a 28-year-old male victim with life-threatening injuries outside of the Burlington Coat Factory parking lot at 5:30 a.m. on Friday.
"A witness was able to tell our investigators that the driver of the semi-truck was actually stealing gas from the victim's pick up truck," Det. Joe Silva said.
The victim confronted the semi-truck driver, who was siphoning his gasoline. The semi-truck driver jumped back into the cab of his truck, but the victim tried to stop him.
The victim was grabbing onto the sides of the truck's cab when the driver sped off. The victim was somehow thrown off the semi-truck a short distance away and was then hit by the semi-truck. The suspect continued to drive away at a high rate of speed.
Police said the surveillance video only shows a white semi truck speeding off.
"We weren't able to get a close up of the license plate or any of the decals on the truck," Silva said.
Detectives are trying to determine if the suspect is a local man or a truck driver passing through Stockton. The suspect is described as a man in his late 30s or 40s, 6 foot, and 200-250lbs.
This latest homicide is Stockton's 23rd this year.