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Fatal hit‑and‑run driver in Kenwood crash still at large

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CHP investigators are searching for the driver in Sunday’s fatal hit‑and‑run crash on Highway 12 in Kenwood that killed a 51‑year‑old Acampo man.

The driver struck Theodore Richard Erkson II, who may have been hitchhiking at the time, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said Monday. The 12:10 a.m. crash occurred near Libby Avenue at the south end of Kenwood.

From evidence at the scene, it appeared Erkson was thrown onto the hood of the vehicle and into the windshield before falling to the highway. He was found lying partially on the outer edge of one lane. Broken windshield glass and windshield wipers were strewn across the two‑lane road.

Two bystanders were giving the man CPR when Kenwood firefighters arrived, Kenwood Fire Chief Daren Bellach said Monday. Erkson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sloat said there were no known witnesses to the crash.

Just before the collision one driver called 911 to report a man walking in the highway in Kenwood. The driver called for help after turning around to check on the man and found him on the ground, Sloat said. That driver believed the man could have been hitchhiking. Sloat asked witnesses or anyone with information about a vehicle with a newly damaged front end and windshield to contact officers at 707‑588‑1400 or 707‑551‑4100.

You can reach Staff Writer Randi Rossmann at 707‑521-5412 or randi.rossmann@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter@rossmannreport.

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