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    69-year-old man killed in Yuba City hit-and-run


    A motorist struck and killed a pedestrian on Percy Avenue in Yuba City on Saturday night, then fled the scene.

    The victim, Salomon Nateras, would have been 70 years old today, according to his daughter, Rocio Valenzuela, 30.

    Witnesses, according to Valenzuela, said they saw a small white pickup speed away heading north on Percy after the accident, which occurred at about 9:30 p.m.

    Yuba City police did not return phone calls Saturday or Sunday, or provide information about the incident.

    “”Everybody just heard a bang and thought it was a car accident,”” said Valenzuela. Several people looked up in time to see the truck speeding away.

    The witnesses did, she said, include one eyewitness to the impact. That witness told her that the spot where the vehicle struck her father had been marked by a shoe left behind as his body traveled more than 15 feet.

    The spot where his body came to rest was marked by a hat left behind after an emergency medical team took Nateras by ambulance to Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville.

    On Sunday evening, Valenzuela and other family members returned to the scene of the accident for a second time.

    “”We are still in shock,”” she said of her father’s death.

    Nateras had been diagnosed a few days earlier with diabetes, she said.

    When her father’s friend called to tell family members that Nateras was at the hospital and that they should hurry to see him, they assumed there had been complications due to his condition.

    “”They told us he sustained massive injuries, that he’d had broken legs and head trauma, and that they worked on him for 25 minutes before he died,”” Valenzuela said.

    Loved ones made a memorial cross with flowers, candles, and a photograph of the deceased beside the spot where he had been killed.

    Neither Valenzuela nor any of the witnesses she has spoken with, she said, recognized the truck or its driver.

    “”We really want justice for my dad,”” said Valenzuela. “”I can’t believe there’s people in the world that would do something like this.””

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