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Woodland police arrest three people in hit-and-run death of pedestrian

Three people have been arrested in connection with a Nov. 12 hit-and-run death of a pedestrian in Woodland.

Woodland police officers were dispatched to Mariposa Street and Utah Avenue around 3:35 a.m. Nov. 12 regarding a man lying in the street. Officers found 65-year-old Richard Louis Tafoya of Woodland unconscious in the intersection. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, and Tafoya died of his injuries. Police determined Tafoya was walking when he was struck by a vehicle, which left the scene, according to a Police Department news release.

Officers said the vehicle was thought to have been a late-model, dark-colored Dodge pickup truck. A tip from a body shop led officers to the registered owner and the man suspected of driving the truck when it killed Tafoya, Sgt. Brett Hancock said.

On Monday, police arrested the registered owner, 23-year-old Norma Gentry of Woodland, who they said was a passenger at the time of the crash. She was arrested on suspicion of filing a false insurance report, conspiracy, concealing or destroying evidence, and being an accessory to a hit and run resulting in death. She was booked into Yolo County Jail with bail set at $25,000.

A few hours later, Roberto Sanchez, whose age was not given, was taken into custody at the Woodland Police Department, accused of the same crimes as Gentry. He was booked into jail with bail set at $20,000.

At 8 a.m. Tuesday, Raymond Contreras, 34, the suspected driver of the vehicle, turned himself in at the Woodland Police Department. He was arrested on suspicion of hit and run resulting in death, vehicular manslaughter, conspiracy, and concealing or destroying evidence. Contreras was booked into jail with bail set at $100,000.

Anyone with information on the crash can call the Woodland Police Department at 530-666-2411.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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