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Intense Manhunt Underway for Hit and Run Driver that Killed Former Cop

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STOCKTON-

The manhunt continues for the person who fatally hit Jimmy Pendergrass and sped away.

Investigators say because this person has not come forward it's considered a felony hit and run and a type of homicide.

"We need to catch this person responsible,” Chief of Police Eric Jones said Tuesday afternoon.

Speaking with authority and calmness in his voice, Chief Jones addresses Pendergrass' death.

"What makes it extremely difficult for us is he was just coming into work today and crossing this crosswalk and almost made it here to the police department," Jones said.

It all happened Tuesday morning around 7 a.m. Stockton Police investigators said.

Pendergrass, a retired police officer turned part-time investigator, was struck down near El Dorado and Washington Streets.

"What this driver did was totally irresponsible, very bold, and drove off,” Officer Joe Silva told FOX40.

A late 80's to early 90's dark green or dark colored Dodge Caravan hit the retired officer then sped away on Washington Street. The 70-year-old succumbed to his injuries hours after being hit and the person responsible is still on the run.

"This has hit our department hard, it’s hit our community hard, as another senseless act of violence has taken the life of one of Stockton Police Department’s employees,” Chief Jones said.

Crime Stoppers is offering an up to $10,000 reward. If you have any information on this accident please call Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600.