Police seek help locating driver in fatal hit and run in Laytonville

One person died, and the suspect left the scene on foot.

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LAYTONVILLE, CA, 8/13/17 — The California Highway Patrol is looking for the perpetrator of a fatal hit and run that happened just south of Laytonville this afternoon.

One person was killed in the crash, a passenger. The driver of that vehicle was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The suspect, who fled the scene on foot, is described as “a hispanic male in his 30’s, stocky build, 215 lbs, 5’10” tall,  with short black hair, brown eyes, wearing a dark colored t-shirt and camouflage shorts.  He was last seen walking northbound along US-101 immediately after the collision.”

Anyone with any information as to the driver’s identity or whereabouts is encouraged to call the CHP at (707) 268-2000 (24 hours a day-CHP dispatch ) or (707) 923-2155 (CHP Garberville office-business hours), states a California Highway Patrol press release.

The fatal collision occurred around 12:28pm just north of Steele Lane when a Ford Explorer Sport Trac heading north crossed the solid yellow lines and hit a southbound Ford Falcon. The woman driving the Falcon sustained minor injuries; she was first taken to Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits and then to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Her name, nor the name of the deceased, have been released.

The incident is still under investigation. The full press release is below.

CHP REQUESTS THE PUBLIC’S ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING HIT AN RUN DRIVER IN FATAL TRAFFIC COLLISION

On 08-13-2017, at approximately 12:28 P.M., a 1965 Ford Falcon was traveling southbound on US-101, north of Steel Lane at an unknown speed.  A 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac was traveling northbound on US-101, north of Steel Lane, approaching the Ford Falcon.  For reasons still under investigation, the Ford Explorer Sport Trac crossed over the solid double yellow lines, directly in the path of the  Ford Falcon.  The front of the Ford Falcon collided with the right side of the Ford Explorer Sport Trac.  As a result of the collision, the passenger of the Ford Falcon succumbed to her injuries at the scene.  The driver of the Ford Falcon sustained major injuries and was transported to Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits, then flown via air ambulance to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.  The driver of the Ford Explorer Sport Trac fled the scene on foot prior to CHP arrival.

The driver of the Ford Explorer Sport Trac is described as a hispanic male in his 30’s, stocky build, 215 lbs, 5’10” tall,  with short black hair, brown eyes, wearing a dark colored t-shirt and camouflage shorts.  He was last seen walking northbound along US-101 immediately after the collision.  Anyone with any information as to the driver’s identity or whereabouts is encouraged to call the CHP at (707) 268-2000 (24 hours a day-CHP dispatch ) or (707) 923-2155 (CHP Garberville office-business hours).

Personnel from Laytonville Fire Department, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Transportation and Cal Fire assisted at the collision scene.  This collision remains under investigation by the Garberville CHP.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Unless the vehicle was stolen DMV should know who the vehicle belongs to and the owner should know who was driving it.
    Can the Police get DMV info. on Sundays?

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