Authorities Searching for Driver of Fatal Hit-and-Run

Broward Sheriff's Office detectives are trying to determine what kind of car hit the man.

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    Authorities were investigating Sunday after a hit-and-run crash left a 29-year-old Pompano Beach man dead. The crash occurred at 3 a.m., and the driver fled after hitting Jorge Escalante at the 800 block of West Sample Road.

    Authorities were investigating Sunday after a hit-and-run crash left a 29-year-old Pompano Beach man dead.

    The crash occurred at 3 a.m., and the driver fled after hitting Jorge Escalante at the 800 block of West Sample Road in Deerfield Beach.

    Broward Sheriff's Office detectives are searching for a 1992 or 1993 beige Toyota Camry, which may have damage to the driver's front side.

    Escalante lived about five minutes from the scene of the crash with his girlfriend and her mother Cynthia Ortiz.

    "They were going to get married on the beach. They were going to get married. He had just gotten his passport and now he's gone," said Cynthia Ortiz, nearly in tears as she held a photo of her daughter and Escalante.

    The couple had gone out dancing at El Reventon nightclub in Deerfield Beach Saturday night. Escalante's girlfriend went home, but he decided to stay back and enjoy a few more songs.

    Friends say he was not a drinker. No designated driver was needed because Escalante would walk home.

    "At 4 o'clock somebody told us he [was] run over and he died," said Ortiz.

    Ortiz said her daughter is inconsolable.

    "She's a wreck. She's been crying since 4 o'clock in the morning. She really loved him,"
    Ortiz said.

    The man was left for dead on the road by a driver who is believed to have been traveling wesbound.

    "Its beige in color and its missing a driver side mirror and it has damage to the front driver's side quarter panel and door," said Mike Jachles From the Broward Sherriff's Office.

    "I can't cry because I gotta hold it in for her, so for me he's not gone because I can't mourn him, not while she's like this," Ortiz said.

    Escalante was originally from Guatemala and had been dating Ortiz's daughter for nearly two years. He was so well- loved by neighbors that they'll be chipping in to fly his body home to his native country.

    "Please come forward come forward. You killed somebody. You took their life. What if it was your family?" pleaded Ortiz.

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