Press release - Hit and Run

Published 7/26/2010 (all press releases for this day)


John Crombach
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief

OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT

PRESS RELEASE

INCIDENT: Hit and Run
DATE/TIME: 7-25-10 / 8:45 PM
LOCATION: Oxnard Blvd. and Colonia Rd., Oxnard
VICTIM(S): Gerardo Rodriguez, Oxnard Resident
SUSPECT(S): Jose Vega , Male, 21 years of age
WITNESS(ES): N/A
SUSPECT VEHICLE(S): Black Ford Expedition (impounded)
LOSS: N/A
PREPARED BY: Marc Amon, Sergeant, Oxnard P.D.
CONTACT PERSON &
CONTACT INFO:
Maria Pena, Traffic Investigator 385-7750

DETAILS:

Rodriguez was crossing in the crosswalk while riding his bicycle at Colonia Rd. and Oxnard Blvd. when the suspect vehicle ran the red light and struck the victim bicyclist. The suspect, later identified as Oxnard resident Jose Vega, fled the scene in the vehicle however several witnesses stayed in the area to provide descriptions of the suspect vehicle with the direction of travel. Two other witnesses followed the suspect vehicle long enough to provide officers with an accurate description of the black Ford Expedition along with the license plate and last known direction of travel.

Officers waited at the registered owner’s residence until the suspected driver returned. Vega admitted driving the vehicle and fleeing the scene out of fear. Vega was arrested and his vehicle was impounded as evidence.



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