STOCKTON — Homicide detectives are leading the investigation into the death of a man who was found Tuesday evening intentionally pinned under a car within Oak Park, police reported.

The 34-year-old victim, whose identity has not been released pending positive identification and notification of next of kin, was pronounced dead at the scene by medics.

The large central Stockton park is in the 600 block of East Alpine Avenue. The victim was struck about 8:30 p.m. inside an area of the park where vehicles are not allowed. After the man was hit and pinned, the driver fled on foot, leaving behind the subcompact Nissan Versa sedan he was driving, according to police spokesman Officer Joe Silva.

Police have reason to believe the victim was intentionally struck by the unknown driver, who remains at large. Detectives are still trying to develop a motive and suspect information, according to Silva.

This is the 16th homicide investigated by Stockton police this year. The last investigation centered around the June 9 shooting death on West Lane of Celina Victoria Ramirez, 22, that culminated in an arrest of a suspect.

Anyone with information about the Oak Park incident is asked to call the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377, the Investigations Unit at (209) 937-8323 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $10,000. Callers can remain anonymous.

Cellphone users can text information to 274637 (CRIMES) by entering the keyword “TIPSPD” followed by their tip. Or they can use the Stockton Police Department mobile phone app and also remain anonymous. Internet users can visit the Police Department’s Facebook page and click “Submit a Tip.”

Contact reporter Joe Goldeen at (209) 546-8278 or Follow him at and on Twitter @JoeGoldeen.