The California Highway Patrol said investigators now believe that the driver was the only occupant of a stolen Pontiac Grand Am involved in a fatal crash Jan. 3 on Fulton Avenue.
Willis Moffett Jr., 58, of Citrus Heights was southbound on Fulton Avenue in a white Volvo 850, traveling in the left lane, about 2:45 a.m., and a stolen silver Pontiac Grand Am was reported driving alongside his vehicle at a high rate of speed. The CHP initially reported that there were three people in the Pontiac, but after further investigation, investigators have determined that the driver, described only as a black man, was the only occupant. They also have determined that two men witnessed the collision, according to a CHP news release issued Friday.
A witness told officers that it appeared the Volvo was being chased down by the Pontiac. For unknown reasons, the Volvo turned right, in front of the Pontiac, according to the CHP. Both vehicles traveled west, off the road near Michelle Drive, and the left side of the Volvo struck a light pole, killing Moffett instantly. The driver of the Pontiac left the scene.
CHP investigators are asking for the public’s help in finding the driver involved in the collision and the two witnesses. Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to call the Special Investigations Unit at the North Sacramento Area CHP office, (916) 338-6710, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information also can be reported to Crime Alert, (916) 443-4357, or a sent via text message to 274637 by entering SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
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