Police searching for suspect in fatal hit-and-run

CHICO, Calif. - A male pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run early Thursday morning in Chico.

Police said it happened on West East Avenue and the Esplanade around 2 a.m. 

According to officials, investigators are looking for a light-colored SUV similar to a Ford Explorer and likely an early 2000-2005 model. The vehicle was last seen traveling west on W. East Avenue and might have front-end damage. 

Police closed westbound on East Avenue at Esplanade to the Raley's entrance starting around 3:30 a.m. and reopened it later in the morning. 

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