Crime

August 5, 2014

Merced CHP looking for hit and run driver; victim loses leg

The California Highway Patrol is looking for the driver of a white pickup that collided with a motorcyclist in Delhi last week and then left the scene.

The California Highway Patrol is looking for the driver of a white pickup that collided with a motorcyclist in Delhi last week and then left the scene.

The motorcyclist, 19-year-old Matthew Pereira, lost a portion of his right leg from the knee down as a result of the crash, according to his fiancée, April Crain.

Pereira was heading toward his home in Cressey on July 29, traveling east on El Capitan Way, when a pickup traveling in the opposite direction turned left in front of him onto Pepper Street, according to the CHP.

Pereira’s right leg hit the right rear of the truck, the CHP reported, but the driver failed to stop, continuing south on Pepper.

Crain said Pereira is home from the hospital but has months of rehabilitation ahead of him and might have to undergo further amputation before he is fitted for a prosthetic leg.

The pickup is described as a white, possibly lowered, late ’90s model Ford F-150. It might have damage to the right rear quarter-panel or rear bumper area.

Anyone with information about the truck or the collision is asked to call CHP Officer Brian Carr at (209) 356-2969.

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