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What happened to hit-and-run driver in pedestrian’s 2015 death in Rio Linda?

Q: What happened to the person who killed Samuel Melgoza on Elkhorn Boulevard in Rio Linda on Dec. 14, 2015? Was he convicted and doing time in prison?

Chayo, Sacramento

A: Thomas Dawson, 53, of Auburn was arrested in March 2016 accused of felony hit-and-run in the death of 30-year-old Samuel Melgoza near Rio Linda.

According to Sacramento Superior Court records available online, Dawson pleaded no contest to the charge in June and was sentenced to one year in jail and five years’ probation.

California Highway Patrol investigators determined that Dawson was behind the wheel of a late 1990s Ford Ranger pickup truck that struck Melgoza as he was walking near Elkhorn Boulevard and 20th Street in the early morning hours of Dec. 14, 2015. Melgoza died at the scene.

The CHP reported that investigators received several tips from the public in the weeks following the incident. Information obtained from the tips led officers to the location of the Ford Ranger and to Dawson’s arrest.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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