A stolen vehicle believed to have been involved in a Thursday night hit-and-run collision that killed an Inderkum High School student has been found, but the driver remains at large.
The 15-year-old bicyclist struck and killed on El Centro Road in the Natomas area has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office as Jamari Julian Moore of Sacramento.
Moore was biking on El Centro Road, north of Moscatel Avenue, about 8:30 p.m. Thursday when a dark blue vehicle believed to be a late-model sedan hit him and drove away southbound, according to Officer Chad Hertzell, a California Highway Patrol spokesman.
A right-side mirror left at the scene aided the CHP in identifying the suspect vehicle, a 2006 Buick LaCrosse, which was found Friday morning on Venture Oaks Way, off Gateway Oaks Drive, about two miles from where the collision occurred, Hertzell said. The CHP impounded the vehicle, which has damage consistent with the collision, and are examining it for fingerprints, DNA and other evidence that might identify the driver, he said.
The vehicle was reported stolen in a carjacking outside a Safeway store on Del Paso Road about a half-hour before the collision occurred, Hertzell said.
Officer Linda Matthew, a Sacramento Police Department spokeswoman, said police received a report about 8 p.m. from a man who said he had left the grocery store and was getting into his car when he was approached by a person who pulled him out of the car, robbed him at gunpoint and stole his car.
Jim Sanders, a Natomas Unified School District spokesman, said in a statement that the district is providing “any support necessary to students, staff and to the victim’s family.” A team of counselors, psychologists and other professionals on Friday were at Inderkum to help community members, Sanders wrote.
“It’s tragic when any member of our district family dies, but it’s particularly shocking when the victim is so young and the death so senseless,” he said.
Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to contact the Special Investigations Unit at the North Sacramento Area CHP office at 916-348-2300 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or contact Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at 443-HELP or 1-800-AA-CRIME. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.