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Turlock woman killed in hit and run

Suspect identified, uncooperative with investigators

POSTED January 10, 2014 5:28 p.m.

A Turlock woman out for a night stroll around Summerfaire Park with her companion was struck by a vehicle and killed Thursday night.

The woman was identified as Elizabeth Mancha, 46, of Turlock by the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office.

The driver of the vehicle, identified through the registration as Rene Salas, 49, reportedly fled the scene, according to the Turlock Police Department.

Investigators made contact with Salas Friday, but he declined to make any statement, Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis said.

The fatal collision also injured Mancha’s 53-year-old male companion. He sustained non-life threatening injuries, Lewis said. His name has not been released by the police department.

The collision happened around 10:30 p.m. Thursday in the 1300 block of Joett.

Salas was allegedly driving a Ford Mustang, which he somehow drove up onto the sidewalk striking the couple.

Witnesses called 911 about the collision and reported seeing the driver, tentatively identified as Salas, running from the scene. Officers set up a perimeter around the area, but did not locate the driver.

The first emergency responders performed CPR on Mancha, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 53-year-old was taken by ambulance to an area hospital, where he remains under care.

In the last nine years Salas has racked up 10 traffic violations, the majority of which were for driving on a suspended license, according to the Stanislaus County Superior Court records. He also has a conviction on two counts of grand theft.

Mancha was a 1985 graduate of Turlock High School and was employed with Kirby Manufacturing in Merced in accounts payable.

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