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Oroville, Calif.--Several viewers have reached out to Action News Now wanting to know why authorities have not the released the name of the suspect, and why no charges have been filed. That's why we made calls to both the Oroville California Highway Patrol and the Butte County District Attorney's Office, the two agencies investigating this case.

Posted: May. 23, 2018 5:37 PM
Updated: May. 24, 2018 4:14 AM

Oroville, Calif.--It's been more than a month since a landscaper was killed in a hit and run crash and although a suspect has been identified, there still has been no arrest.

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Several viewers have reached out to Action News Now wanting to know why authorities have not the released the name of the suspect, and why no charges have been filed. That's why we made calls to both the Oroville California Highway Patrol and the Butte County District Attorney's Office, the two agencies investigating this case.

This all happened on April 19th when 47-year-old Carlos Gonzalez was landscaping with his brother along Foothill Boulevard in Oroville. The day took a tragic turn when a truck veered off the road and hit Gonzalez who was about ten feet from the road, killing him. The driver fled the scene.

The next day, the Oroville CHP located the truck. Then, in a CHP Facebook post two weeks after the incident, the agency said "After on-going and extensive follow-up and investigation, a suspect, believed to have been the driver when the collision occurred, has been identified."

However they did not release the driver's name. Now almost a month later, they still have not released the driver's name, and no arrest has been made.

Oroville CHP public information officer Ryan Lambert told Action News Now Wednesday he was instructed not to discuss any details about this case.


We also called Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey who tells us that they do have a person of interest. He tells us that they are still investigating and that's why they're not releasing any details.

Rumors and speculation have made their way to social media.

But Ramsey did tell us is that the driver is not a well-known individual, does not work for a public safety agency, is over the age of 21, and lives in Butte County.

He said that someone with the victim's assistance bureau has been in contact with the victim's family throughout the investigation.
 
Gonzalez leaves behind a wife and two teen boys and his family tells us they will be meeting with the D.A.'s office Thursday so we hope to have another update for you in the coming days.

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