CHP investigators seek leads in cold hit-and-run case

pguerra@modbee.comMay 19, 2014 

Amy Freeseha

Amy Lynn Freeseha. Feeseha and her 10-year-old niece were running south on Langworth Road, east of Riverbank and south of Claribel Road, when the woman was hit from behind and did not survive. (Photo courtesy Shilo Rich)

UNKNOWN — Shilo Rich

California Highway Patrol investigators are taking a fresh look at the 2010 case of a 25-year-old woman killed by a car while jogging along a road near Riverbank.

Amy Lynn Freeseha, accompanied by her 10-year-old niece, went for a jog along Langworth Road a little after 8 p.m. Before heading out, she posted an update on her Facebook page that remains there to this day: “Goin 4 a run with my niece. Maybe help her get some good health habits started while she’s still young. (I’ve) been slacking on my running shoes lately. ...”

A vehicle approached the two, and Freeseha’s niece felt a hit to her left side, CHP Officer Eric Parsons said. She didn’t see much, though. She was knocked to the ground and suffered minor injuries.

“There was a cloud of dust,” Parsons said. “We don’t have a whole lot else other than that.”

Authorities found debris in the area that indicated the car could have been a white, late-1990s model Chevrolet or GMC. Originally, investigators believed the car was a Suburban, and they got several tips regarding people who owned cars that matched the description.

“There have been some leads off and on that we investigated, but they didn’t pan out into anything we could follow up,” Parsons said. “I know the family’s frustrated because we haven’t been able to track anybody down.”

Freeseha’s mother, Penny Crouch, told The Bee in January, “It’s been hard. It would be nice to find out who did it and just ask them, ‘Why?’ ”

Parsons said the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office recently got involved in the investigation.

“They have an investigator that is probably a little bit more used to dealing with cases like this,” Parsons said. “They’re helping us follow up on any possible leads.

“We want to locate the suspect so we can bring resolution to this case.”

Investigators ask anyone with information on the case to call the CHP at (209) 545-7445.

Breaking News Editor Patty Guerra can be reached at pguerra@modbee.com or (209) 578-2343. Follow her on Twitter @PattyGuerra.

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