Manteca Police motorcycle traffic officer David Bright, with a search warrant in hand, led a team of officers to a house in the 1600 block of Ginger Circle shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday where they located a pickup truck believed to have been involved in a fatal hit-and-run collision Oct. 27 on West Yosemite Avenue.
The 7 p.m. crash occurred, police said, when a northbound blue 2000 Dakota pickup truck pulled out of El Portal Street into the path of an eastbound crotch-rocket motorcycle rider. Witnesses said the driver pulled over to the curb after the collision, hesitated and then drove away at a high rate of speed.
Police public information officer Jason Hensley noted earlier that the motorcyclist was not able to brake in time to avoid the collision that caused him to be thrown from his vehicle landing in the roadway.
Officers said they learned that the pickup driver had pulled his vehicle into the garage of the Ginger Circle home shortly after the fatal crash that took the life of a Stockton man in his 20s. Officers said the responsible driver had not been seen by family members since the night he drove the pickup truck into the garage of the home.
Police said they know the identity of the driver and have launched a search to discover his whereabouts; however they did not want to divulge his name at this time.
Family members sat on the front lawn of the home several blocks west of East Union High School as officers had a tow truck hook up to the pickup truck pulling it out of the garage and trucking it to an impound lot for further investigation.
Officers found the damage on the Dodge truck was mostly to the bottom of the left rear door and quarter panel and into the vehicle’s frame.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the driver is urged to call Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 leading to his arrest. Telephone 823-4636 where callers will only receive an identifying number, not having to give their name.