Hit And Run Death

Chaparral – New Mexico authorities are looking for a hit-and-run driver who killed a Chaparral man as he walked down the street.

The Dona Ana County Sheriff's Department said Saturday that 36-year-old Abdel Rivera-Torres was hit at about 1:30 a.m. at a high rate of speed while he was walking in the middle of a roadway in Chaparral, about 30 miles south of Las Cruces.

Rivera died instantly of massive injuries.

The vehicle fled, and witnesses called 911.

The sheriff's office says it's unclear why Rivera was walking in the middle of the street, adding that they're investigating whether he may have been drinking.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.