Modesto resident badly hurt in hit-and-run in Alameda County

06/16/2014 6:35 PM

06/16/2014 8:00 PM

A Modesto resident suffered major injuries in a hit-and-run crash late Monday morning on Interstate 580 just west of Grant Line Road near the border of Alameda and San Joaquin counties.

Thuy Thi Thu Nguyen, 25, suffered major head injuries in spite of wearing her seat belt, said Officer Steve Creel of the California Highway Patrol’s Dublin office. Because of the severity of her injuries, Nguyen was airlifted to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley for treatment.

Witnesses saw a dark-colored (possibly black) passenger vehicle traveling at 65 to 80 mph in the second lane from the left. It suddenly swerved to the right, striking the left side of Nguyen’s 2001 Toyota Tacoma pickup. That impact sent the pickup to the right, across additional lanes before leaving the freeway, striking a sign, then overturning several times down an embankment, Creel said. The pickup came to rest upright on the Grant Line Road onramp to I-580 west.

The CHP is seeking assistance from the public to identify the vehicle and driver responsible in the 11:25 a.m. crash. Officers are trying to contact witnesses who called 911 to find out if they have any additional information. Because the crash occurred on a heavily commuted corridor, Creel said the CHP is hoping residents on both sides of Altamont Pass will be on the lookout for the vehicle, which would have fresh damage on its right front side.

The vehicle last was seen continuing west on I-580. Creel said there can be no doubt the driver knew he or she had struck someone and saw the resulting crash. “The callousness of just continuing on ... is inconceivable to me,” the officer said.

Anyone with information on this vehicle or driver is asked to contact the California Highway Patrol’s Golden Gate Communications Center at (707) 551-4100. The line is staffed 24 hours a day.

Information also can be referred to Creel at the CHP’s Dublin office at (925) 828-0466.

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