Thursday, 07 October 2010 14:56

CHP seeking truck driver in Yuba-Sutter fatal hit-and-run

The Yuba-Sutter office of the California Highway Patrol is asking the public's help in finding the driver of a pickup who struck and killed a pedestrian Sept. 24 north of Marysville.

Carlos Soto Lopez, 64, of Yuba County was killed about 7:30 p.m. on Highway 70 near Ramirez Road in District 10.

The driver of the pickup stopped after striking Lopez, whose cowboy hat came to rest in the road. When a second vehicle, described by a witness as a brown or tan Chrysler, ran over the hat, the pickup driver pulled back onto the road and left the scene, said Officer Jeff Larson, CHP spokesman.

The driver of the Chrysler, believed to be a 1980-90s model, or anyone else with information, is asked to call the CHP at 674-5141 or 879-1900.

The extended cab pickup was a U.S. model from 2000 or later. It may have a lift and oversized tires, Larson said.

Investigators think the pickup driver is from the Marysville, Oroville or Chico area. He likely did not see Lopez and had little or no time to react because the area was dark and there are no street lights.

"The pickup sustained front end damage and may be parked in a garage or getting repaired at a body shop" in one of the three cities, the CHP said.

Lopez lived nearby and frequented the Walnut Tree Bar, known by patrons as Papa's. Bar patrons not already interviewed by investigators are also asked to call the CHP.

"Investigators and the victim's family are determined to close this case," Larson said.