Driver in Laytonville hit and run turns himself in

One person was killed in the crash Sunday.


MENDOCINO Co., 8/15/17 — The driver who caused a fatal car crash and then fled this weekend, near Laytonville, has turned himself into the California Highway Patrol.

Bonifacio Gomez, 33, of Lawndale CA, turned himself in today, around noon, to the Ukiah office of the CHP. According to a press release issued by the CHP he was booked on a charge of vehicular manslaughter.

The accident occurred this Sunday, when a northbound Ford Explore, presumably driven by Gomez, cross the double yellow line striking a southbound Ford Falcon. A passenger, Lorna Ballard, 53, of Concord, was killed in the crash.

The details of the crime are still under investigation

Here is the press release:

On August 15, 2017, at approximately 1200 hours, Bonifacio Ramriez Gomez surrendered to California Highway Patrol Officers at the California Highway Patrol Ukiah Office in relation to the hit and run fatal traffic collision from Sunday, August 13, 2017 in Laytonville, CA. The California Highway Patrol and the Mendocino County Distract Attorney’s Officer are working together on this investigation.

Gomez was medically cleared and booked into the Mendocino County Jail on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.  The California Highway Patrol will continue to work in conjunction with the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office as this investigation unfolds. Should anyone have information regarding this collision, we urge you to contact the California Highway Patrol Garberville Office (707) 923-2155.

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