Sacto 9-1-1
June 17, 2009
CHP seeking public's help in cold case hit-and-run death

Bee Staff

The California Highway Patrol is asking the public's help in solving a cold-case - a 2002 hit-and-run death in Tracy.

The CHP news release from Officer Robert Rickman included a warning to the suspect: "We will not stopping looking for you."

The CHP gave this account:

At 8:49 a.m. on June 15, 2002, an unidentified driver made an unsafe lane change, striking Brian Sabanal's vehicle. The impact caused Sabanal's vehicle to swerve off the roadway and overturn several times, ejecting Sabanal from the vehicle.

The collision occurred on eastbound Interstate 205, west of Tracy Boulevard. Sabanal was driving a white GMC four-wheel drive pickup.

The suspect was driving a Toyota-type pickup truck. The truck was small, possibly a compact, gray or blue in color. The vehicle would have damage to the driver's side door.

The suspect stopped in the center divider but then fled eastbound on I-205. There were two occupants in the vehicle.

The driver was described as a while male in his 20s, 6 feet, 3 inches tall with short brown hair that was possible spiked. The passenger was described as a white female in her 20s with brown hair.

Information may be supplied anonymously and "need not be conclusive by itself," Rickman said.

"We believe that someone has information could lead to solving Brian's case - comments to friends made the passenger or driver, suspicious vehicle damage, etc.," Rickman said. "All hold potential for valuable investigatory leads."

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