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Colusa County hit-and-run suspect arrested for attempted murder

A man wanted in a hit and run crash in Princeton has been arrested, Crash suspect charged with attempted murder. Officials with the CHP said that 33-year old Raymond Zapien of Princeton was arrested in Yuba city.

Posted: Jun 25, 2020 5:57 PM
Updated: Jun 25, 2020 6:29 PM

COLUSA COUNTY, Calif. -  A man wanted in a hit and run crash in Princeton has been arrested, and charged with attempted murder. 

Officials with the California Highway Patrol office in Williams said that 33-year old  Raymond Zapien of Princeton was arrested in  Yuba city on Wednesday, June 24th.   The crash happened on May 31st, 2020.

Investigators say Zapien was driving a Buick LaCross northbound on Highway 45 in Princeton when he veered off the roadway and struck a stalled ATV, being ridden by Destiny Sorrels of Princeton.  She was seriously injured and taken by helicopter to Enloe Medical Center for treatment.

Officers say that Zapien tried to drive away, but a passerby who saw the crash managed to block Zapien's car using his Toyota Tundra, so Zapien ran away from the scene.

The CHP says that during its investigation, officers learned Zapien and a female passenger were arguing while he was driving and that Zapien made statements that lead them to believe the collision was an intentional act. The CHP says it appears the crash was an attempt by Zapien to end his life and the lives of his passengers.   A 15-year-old who was in the car was also injured in the crash.

Zapien is now behind bars in the Colusa County Jail.

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