Tracy man killed in hit and run
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Feb 07, 2013 | 19779 views | 23 23 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Police are looking for a driver who fatally struck a 27-year-old Tracy man on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Aaron Escamilla was riding a bicycle on the railroad tracks around 8:45 p.m. when he fell off the bike in the crossing with Schulte Road and was hit by a car traveling in the westbound lane, according to traffic officer Vince Weyant with the Tracy Police Department.

Weyant said on Thursday, Feb. 7, that the victim “was struck by a dark-colored, possibly black, small to medium sized vehicle.”

The crossing is on Schulte Road between Lauriana Lane and Sycamore Parkway in central Tracy.

“Based on witnesses, he crashed and as he was trying to get up back to his (bicycle) seat,” Weyant said. “The car did not stop and continued westbound.”

The officer said Escamilla was flown by medical helicopter to Doctors Hospital in Modesto with a hip injury and head trauma. He was pronounced dead by hospital staff at 10 p.m.

Witnesses driving by stopped to give aid to Escamilla, Weyant said.

The roadway was closed to traffic for sometime Wednesday night while police conducted an investigation.

Weyant said that the incident was being categorized as a hit and run vehicle collision and not a homicide.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the Tracy Police Department traffic unit at 831-6540.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.
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dgescamilla3
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February 11, 2013
First off I would like to thank Chris for apologizing, that means a lot to me and my family and the fact that you would apologize to my face means a lot. Sometimes we all say things we regret, I know I have plenty of times, so I am not gonna sit here and crucify a man who took the time to apologize to us. I would like it if everyone would just stop focusing on him.

We are upset about some of the conditions in Tracy but instead of making remarks on here we have to start being more concerned citizens and change Tracy to be more safer for all of US. This WAS an accident until this person who killed my brother took off. I appreciate everyone who is reading but if ANYONE out there has any information please think of his family, his daughter, his parents, his brother and sister, and all his family and friends, WE are the ones that have to live with not knowing what happened. WE live with this everyday. WE are the ones that stay up at night and cry. I hope the person who did this finds it in their heart to just turn themselves in, running only makes it worse.

Thank you again to everyone who has kept my family in prayer and sent their love and respects
ChrisRoberts
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February 11, 2013
I would again like to apologize, because what I said was stupid and very immature. I am very sorry for that stupid sinful behavior and I feel I should apologize to you guys in person.

I am not going to troll this website anymore and it does a disservice to the good people of this town.

If anyone has heard anything, do the RIGHT THING and call the TRACY POLICE DEPARTMENT!
shelly13
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February 10, 2013
If you are riding your bike on schulte you will have to cross the tracks just like the cars. The bike path follows the street. There is no crosswalk there.
ChrisRoberts
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February 10, 2013
The railroad crossing is also not very well lit. There seems to be a bike path on sycamore, perhaps allowing bikes on the path south side of Shulte would provide a safer alternative.

Shulte and Corral Hollow are very dangerous roads. I remember when that young kid got killed on his skateboard. I always feel this town is not a safe town for alternate means of transportation.

I think it is too dangerous in this town to do pedestrian activities at night the way people speed. And during the day people seem to veer into bike lanes, get mad at bikers for slowing them down, and cut off pedestrians in crosswalks!

And the area by Kimball High needs to have better pedestrian access as well. I have seen children walking the side of the road on Lamers amongst speeding cars, as there is no other way to get to Corral Hollow Rd.
ChrisRoberts
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February 10, 2013
Those rail road tracks along a neighborhood sound wall have been a magnet for Graffiti taggers, gangbangers, and drunkards. Very dangerous area at night. Several robberies at gunpoint have happened there and at the park by Williams Middle school.

And even then, you are not supposed to ride a bike through a crosswalk. Bikes are supposed to obey the rules of the road, the same as cars.

But there are too many people in this town that try to skirt around the rules. Ride all over the side walk, the road, the tracks, people's property, etc. The rules of the ROAD are for YOUR SAFETY people. Especially at NIGHT.

As for the coward who hit and ran? That does not surprise me. Probably another low life from East Oakland or East San Jose, or possibly a drunk redneck/pisa in their pick up truck. Same as every hit and run it Tracy.

livancv
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February 10, 2013
Not every person from East Oakland or East San Jose where I'm from is a low life.
backinblack
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February 10, 2013
There use to be a sports editor at TP named Chris Roberts, I wonder if this is the same guy who's posting these days?
livancv
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February 10, 2013
Chris was man enough to apologize let him be. All this energy is better served finding the person who hit my cousin.
Sneaky
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February 09, 2013
Very sad situation and I hope the driver comes to their senses and comes forward.

We should all take this as a reminder that we need to be cautious when bicycling or driving.

As usual the TP article lacks information. Did witnesses think the car was speeding, were its lights on, did the bicyclist have the required lights and reflectors, etc..

While its reasonable to be angry with the driver fleeing, and that in itself warrants several years in jail, the driver may or may not have been at fault for the accident. The article lacks basic information necessary to even begin forming an opinion on that.
livancv
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February 09, 2013
I think Chris gets the point... Please if you have any info regarding the car who hit my cousin please call the authorities. Thank you.
shelly13
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February 09, 2013
The bike lane crosses the railroad tracks Chris. For this mans family, my prayers are with you. I am so sorry for your loss. For those of us regulars here on the Tracy Press site, Chris is simply a person trying to get a rise out of everyone. It usually works. Don't pay any attention to him.
jojojoseph
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February 09, 2013
To the driver who hit Aaron and left the scene, remember this one word and let it haunt you until you have the guts to turn yourself in.

"Cinnamon"

Everytime you eat something with that spice,see the word on a package of food, or smell it in the air. Think about Aaron's five year old daughter that can't understand why her dad is dead.

Her name is "Cinnamon", Aaron was a son, brother, uncle and a dad. All these people are missing him.

I'm sure you have family,try to think how they would feel if you were the victim and nobody came forth to turn themself in. We can't bring Aaron back, but we can bring closure to his death.

Shame on you for letting three days go by so far, and not doing the right thing.

So go eat, smell, read the word "Cinnamon" and think about the 5 year old who's Dad you killed.

To Chris Roberts,you shouldn't be writing rude comments. This family is mourning, they don't need negative comments. If you can't say something nice to them, don't comment. You think about Cinnamon too, because someday when she is older she will Goggle her dad's name and read what you wrote. That's not right.

ChrisRoberts
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February 08, 2013
Riding a bike on rail road tracks, that's real smart.
Johnnyc85
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February 08, 2013
Its easy to be heartless when it's not somebody you know/love. Perhaps you need to learn how to be respectful as it may help you in the future. Have a nice day chris.
dgescamilla3
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February 09, 2013
Chris, you should not speak on what you don't know, and if you want to clarify your statement you may say it to my face, I am his brother, and my cousin would like to handle any misunderstandings at that time. We are waiting patiently!
ChrisRoberts
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February 10, 2013
You're right that was heartless and I apologize for that. And if you want me to come apologize in person, I will. I am sorry for your loss. I am more frustrated with the dangerous biking/ driving conditions in this town and the insanely dangerous driving conditions of this town.

Needless to say who ever did this needs to be held accountable and I pray that they do. I do not understand what kind of person would just drive off after something like that, and I am sorry for your families loss.
livancv
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February 10, 2013
Chris thanks for the apology... That was big of you. Who ever the hahahaha person is... They are not a part of our family and do not represent us. As for the brother of the person who was hit, he has had a difficult lost and is very emotional.
JamalJones510
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February 08, 2013
Hoping the Investigators check the Traffic Cameras on shulte. There is one right by Williams, on the second Lightpole, facing the intersection described in the article. R.I.P Aaron.
RJester
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February 07, 2013
I feel really bad for this guy. My thoughts go out to him.

Also, a plea to all you youngsters out there to NOT wear dark clothing at night while riding a bike. Wear something reflective.

To the driver: you should turn yourself in asap.
shelly13
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February 07, 2013
Very sad. My thoughts and prayers go our to his family. Also a plea fro the driver to turn yourself in!

Also for mrmnfallacy - just fyi - it was not a big behemouth SUV. Imagine that.


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