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Jul 27, 2012 6:36 PM

Police ID suspected driver in fatal hit-and-run of Nogales firefighter

TUCSON - Tucson Police have identified the suspected driver in the fatal hit-and-run accident that resulted in the death of Nogales firefighter Sterling Lytle.

Jesus Xavier Zepeda, 39, has been positively identified by police as the driver of the pickup truck that struck Lytle on June 28, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. He is described as a 5'8" tall Hispanic man, weighing 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He has not yet been located.

Tucson Police have not yet located the truck involved in the incident, according to a TPD news release. Detectives have determined the truck is a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado with a custom "burnt orange with a reddish tint" paint job. The truck has graphics on it, may possible have a camper shell, and bears the Arizona license plate reading: "LMO7418." TPD believes the truck is still in the United States, but is intentionally hidden from law enforcement.

Above are pictures of the actual vehicle believed to be involved, provided by Tucson Police. The truck appears to have a custom graphics design that become more visible up close.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Zepeda or the truck is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME. Citizens can also provide anonymous text and web tips using the TipSoft program.

On June 28 at about 2:41 a.m., Sterling Lytle was struck by a truck that was following him after he Lytle pulled into a private business.

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