comscore Police seek man who crashed into California homeless camp, killing 1 | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Top News

Police seek man who crashed into California homeless camp, killing 1

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                Santa Rosa firefighters clear the area around a car that plowed into a homeless encampment in order to free a woman pinned underneath the vehicle in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Tuesday. Police were searching today for a man who crashed his vehicle into a homeless encampment in Santa Rosa killing a woman and injuring a man before fleeing the scene on foot.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Santa Rosa firefighters clear the area around a car that plowed into a homeless encampment in order to free a woman pinned underneath the vehicle in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Tuesday. Police were searching today for a man who crashed his vehicle into a homeless encampment in Santa Rosa killing a woman and injuring a man before fleeing the scene on foot.

SANTA ROSA, Calif. >> Police were searching today for a man who crashed his car into a homeless encampment in Santa Rosa, killing a woman and injuring a man before fleeing the scene on foot.

Santa Rosa police said authorities received calls Tuesday night reporting an argument, possible shooting and related vehicle collision, KPIX-TV reported.

Firefighters extricated a woman who was trapped under the car. She died at the scene, Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Christopher Mahurin said.

Mahurin said the driver and passengers of the vehicle fled and hadn’t been located.

An injured man was rushed to the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, though his injuries were from an altercation with the driver before the crash, Mahurin told the Press Democrat.

Investigators determined there was a heated argument between two men at the encampment with about 15 tents lining a road. One of the men got into a vehicle and began driving southbound but then drove the car across the eastbound lanes of Roberts Avenue, crashing against the woman and a tent.

Police were in the process of determining if the fatal collision was accidental or intentional.

Officials have released no information on the driver and say the woman’s identity will be made public once her family has been notified.

Residents of the encampment stood vigil Tuesday night, many of them crying, as police investigated.

The crash comes a little over a week after authorities say a 71-year-old man drove into a group of people on a downtown San Diego sidewalk, including some camped in tents. That wreck killed Randy Ferris, 65; Walter Jones, 61, and Rodney Diffendal, 40. Seven other people were injured, three of them seriously.

Craig Martin Voss stopped after the crash and tried to help the victims, police said. Voss pleaded not guilty Tuesday to gross vehicular manslaughter.

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature
Comments (2)

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Terms of Service. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. Report comments if you believe they do not follow our guidelines.

Having trouble with comments? Learn more here.

Scroll Up