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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Any arrests in fatal 2001 drive-by shooting on freeway near Fruitridge Road?

Q: Either 14 or 15 years ago, a young man was shot on Highway 99 near Fruitridge Road. His name was Andrew and he was a passenger in a car. The driver was also shot. The car crashed into another car and burst into flames. The driver escaped and survived, but Andrew did not make it out of the burning car. Did the police ever catch who was responsible?

Ed, Sacramento

A: You may be thinking of Charles Andrew Witherow, who died in a drive-by shooting on Highway 99 near Fruitridge Road on June 2, 2001.

Witherow, 20, was a passenger in a white 1989 Honda Accord driven by Loc Huynh, then, 21. According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, they were northbound on Highway 99 when a vehicle pulled up alongside the Honda and fired into the car as they approached Fruitridge Road. Both Huynh and Witherow were shot.

The Honda was struck by several other vehicles and erupted in flames in the resulting crash. Huynh escaped from the car with gunshot wounds and severe burns. Witherow died at the scene.

Officials at the time said there were no witnesses to the shooting. No arrests have been reported.

In November 2002, Sacramento police, members of the Sund-Carrington Foundation and a representative of Witherow’s family announced a $5,000 reward in the hope that it would elicit information to help solve the case.