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California father beaten to death after allegedly trying to run over group of people with a truck

California father beaten to death after allegedly trying to run over group of people with a truck

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (TCD) — A 40-year-old father was beaten to death outside a sports lounge after reportedly trying to run a group of people over late Saturday night.

According to KTLA-TV, Melguin Lopez-Santos was allegedly asked to leave Rock It Sports Lounge on Hawthorne Boulevard following a verbal argument just after 2 a.m.

Surveillance video obtained by KABC-TV shows reportedly shows Lopez-Santos returning to the sidewalk outside the bar with his truck and attempting to run over the group of patrons.

Lopez-Santos allegedly lost control and slammed into a tree before causing another fight with the group. Some of the patrons then surrounded the truck and attempted to pull Lopez-Santos out, but he drove away and crashed into a nearby liquor store, just barely missing them. Four men reportedly pulled Lopez-Santos out of the truck after he crashed and proceeded to beat him to death, according to KABC.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Hawthorne police officers responded to the scene, where they found Lopez-Santos on the sidewalk suffering from apparent blunt-force trauma. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Lopez-Santos was pronounced dead at the scene. KTLA reports his cause of death has yet to be determined. An autopsy is pending.

Authorities did not announce any arrests but continue to look at four possible suspects.

According to his GoFundMe page, Lopez-Santos leaves behind four children.


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