LONG BEACH, Calif. - Police on Wednesday identified the suspect wanted in a deadly hit-and-run crash in Long Beach last week that left a father and his 3-year-old daughter dead inside their residence.
An arrest warrant has been issued for 24-year-old Octavio Montano Islas in the hit-and-run deaths of 42-year-old Jose Palacios-Gonzalez and 3-year-old Samantha Palacios. Montano is facing charges of two counts of felony manslaughter, one count of felony driving under the influence, and one count of felony hit-and-run.
Octavio Montano Islas (Credit: LBPD) (FOX 11)
Montano was allegedly driving a 2014 Ram 1500 pickup truck northbound on Rose Avenue, near East Artesia Boulevard, about 10 p.m. on Mar. 1 when the truck "left the roadway and collided with an apartment building, killing two of the occupants inside," the Long Beach Police Department reported.
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Montano allegedly fled the scene on foot following the collision.
Jose Palacios Gonzalez was pronounced dead at the scene, while his daughter Samantha was taken to a hospital, where she later died.
Jose Palacios Gonzalez, 42, and his daughter, Samantha, 3, were killed when a truck plowed into an apartment complex in Long Beach on March 1, 2022. (FOX 11)
Montano was described by police as a Hispanic man who is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and unspecified tattoos on his right forearm.
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Anyone with information on Montano's whereabouts was asked to call LBPD Detective Kevin Johansen at 562-570-7355. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.
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CNS contributed to this report.