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June 8, 2014

One dead in hit-and-run crash, suspects sought

A 63-year-old Livingston man died Saturday after he was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene, the Police Department reported.

A 63-year-old Livingston man died Saturday after he was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene, the Police Department reported.

No arrests have been made, police Chief Ruben Chavez confirmed.

The Merced County Coroner’s Office on Sunday identified the victim as Choudhry Mohammad.

Police said Mohammad was walking just before 11 p.m. in the area of Briarwood Drive and F Street when he was struck a gray sport-utility vehicle and dragged “several hundred feet.”

Officers found Mohammad on the street on Briarwood Drive with major head and chest injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said in a news release.

Moments after the collision, a gray SUV ran off the road, crashing into an embankment on Peach Avenue. The driver fled the scene after the crash, police said.

Police are seeking Tefilo Ramos, 33, who they believe may “have knowledge of the identity of the driver.”

Anyone with information regarding Ramos’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Livingston Police Department at (209) 394-7916.

Saturday’s incident marked the second fatal crash in Livingston in less than a month.

Michael Silva, 35, a city planning commissioner, died May 23 in a motorcycle crash on Campbell Boulevard near Hammatt Avenue. That crash remains under investigation.

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