Driver al­legedly fled a hit-and-run crash— but he left his ID be­hind

The Tribune (SLO) - - Local - BY LIND­SEY HOLDEN [email protected]­bune­news.com

The Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol is search­ing for a Cre­ston man who al­legedly side-swiped an­other driver in Atas­cadero, send­ing him ca­reen­ing off High­way 101, through a fence and into a restau­rant park­ing lot.

The vic­tim suf­fered mod­er­ate in­juries in the Wed­nes­day col­li­sion.

The sus­pect left his ve­hi­cle and took off run­ning, but he left his ID and per­sonal be­long­ings be­hind.

At about 9 a.m., Richard Jen­nings, 48, of Atas­cadero was driv­ing his Toy­ota Tacoma north on High­way 101 at a speed of 50 mph, when he pre­pared to exit the high­way at Traf­fic Way, ac­cord­ing to a CHP Tem­ple­ton news re­lease.

A white Ford F-150 al­legedly made an un­safe lane change and struck the right side of the Tacoma, send­ing it veer­ing out of con­trol off the free­way.

The Tacoma broke through a perime­ter fence, struck a large oak tree and came to rest in the Denny’s park­ing lot on El Camino Real in Atas­cadero.

Jen­nings sus­tained mod­er­ate in­juries and was taken to Twin Cities Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal in Tem­ple­ton for treat­ment.

Wit­nesses said the driver of the F-150 then pulled over on the Traf­fic Way off-ramp and ex­ited the pickup, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease.

He al­legedly took the ve­hi­cle’s pa­per­work out of the glove box and dashed off the free­way and over a perime­ter fence to­ward El Camino Real.

But he left his ID, lap­top and items with his full name, date of birth and ad­dress in the pickup, which was im­pounded for ev­i­dence.

Now, the CHP is look­ing for Richard Lawrence Gon­za­lez, 39, of Cre­ston, who in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve was driv­ing the F-150. He is de­scribed as a white man about 40 years old and ap­prox­i­mately 200 pounds wear­ing dark cloth­ing.

Any­one who knows Gon­za­lez’s where­abouts is asked to con­tact the Tem­ple­ton CHP of­fice by calling 805-593-3333.

Richard Gon­za­lez

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