California Highway Patrol investigators are looking for a man with a cut on his lip and a “Maria” tattoo on his chest after he allegedly caused a head-on collision and then ran off.
According to authorities, Julio Aguilar, 27, of Modesto was driving a 2006 Ford Mustang west on Hatch Road when the suspect, driving a 1987 Chrysler Fifth Avenue, pulled out in front of him at Boulder Avenue.
The accident was reported just before 7 p.m. Friday in the Shackelford neighborhood south of Modesto.
The cars collided head-on; Aguilar suffered major injuries and was taken to Doctors Medical Center for treatment. The driver of the Chrysler ran away, and was last seen on Main Street, where someone in a white BMW or Lexus may have picked him up, the CHP said.
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Investigators found information in the car that leads them to think the suspect’s name is Jose Garcia. He was described as in his mid-20s, 5-foot-8, wearing jeans and no shirt. He had a cut on his lip and the tattoo visible on his chest.
Investigators ask anyone with information on the man’s identity to call the CHP at (209) 545-7440.