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Man killed in Encinitas hit-and-run on New Year’s Day

ENCINITAS — The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s assistance in tracking down a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run early Sunday morning in Encinitas that left a man dead. 

The victim has been identified as David D’Lima, 23, a graduate of Canyon Crest Academy who went on to attend UC Santa Barbara. While law enforcement hasn’t confirmed the victim’s city of residence, an individual matching his name and age appears to be a graduate of Canyon Crest Academy and reside in Carmel Valley. 

Around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, a vehicle traveling westbound on Encinitas Boulevard struck a male pedestrian who was crossing Encinitas Boulevard at Coast Highway 101. The vehicle then continued onto West B Street and fled the area, according to Sheriff’s deputies. 

The man was rushed to the hospital with major injuries but was later pronounced deceased.

Sheriff’s deputies described the vehicle as a dark colored sedan or van, possibly a Chrysler or Dodge, with damage to the front driver’s side. 

It is not currently known if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision. 

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact the North Coastal Sheriff’s Station at (760) 966-3500 or the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200.

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