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Motorist sought in pedestrian’s death
The Manteca Police Department is searching for the driver of a vehicle like this one – believed to be a green Chevrolet Cruze made between 2011 and 2015 – that they believe was involved in a fatal hit-and-run of a pedestrian on Dec. 30.

The Manteca Police Department is still searching for a driver they believe is responsible for killing a pedestrian late last year.

Officers arrived at the intersection of West Yosemite and Trevino Avenues on Dec. 30 for a report of a vehicle collision with a pedestrian and discovered an unresponsive male that was pronounced deceased after lifesaving efforts failed.

The driver of the vehicle involved in the collision – a green Chevrolet Cruze believed to be between the 2011 and 2015 model years with chrome trim on the side windows – fled the scene before police arrived.

Anybody with information about the vehicle or the person that owns it is encouraged to contact Manteca Police Officer Jose Plascencia at 209.456.8176.

In a related case, a hit-and-run driver that killed a bicyclist in early 2020 in Manteca isn’t expected back in court until May of this year.

Robert James, who was 36 years old at the time of the incident, struck and killed then 31-year-old bicyclist Andrew Martinez on Jan. 5 of 2020 and then fled the scene of the accident.

He was eventually arrested and charged with a host of crimes including murder and gross vehicular manslaughter with a prior conviction and has been held without bail at the San Joaquin County Jail ever since. James is due back in Department 8B of the San Joaquin County Superior Courthouse in Downtown Stockton on May 5.

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.