Police release description of vehicle in fatal hit-and-run
by Joel Danoy
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Crash memorial
Wooden crosses stand next to a railroad crossing on Schulte Road Monday, Feb. 11 near where Aaron Escamilla, 27, of Tracy, was fatally struck by a vehicle in a hit and run on Wednesday, Feb.6.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Tracy police on Sunday, Feb. 10, released a statement describing the vehicle that fatally struck a 27-year-old Tracy man on Wednesday, Feb. 6, as a dark-colored and shiny sedan.

Aaron Escamilla was riding a bicycle on the railroad tracks across Schulte Road around 8:45 p.m. when he fell off the bike and was hit by a car traveling in the westbound lane, according to Tracy police.

The vehicle, possibly a 90s model, is also described as having tinted windows, fog lights, loud exhaust and could possibly have heavy front-end damage from the collision, the statement on Monday read.

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.

No arrest has been made as of Monday afternoon.

The crossing is on Schulte Road between Lauriana Lane and Sycamore Parkway in central Tracy. The speed limit is 40 mph, and there are two lanes of traffic in each direction.

Two white crosses, two religious candles and three colorful bouquets of flowers were at the scene Monday, Feb. 11. Both crosses — which were adorned by stuffed animals — had the victim’s name, Aaron, in block lettering.

One cross read “10-4-85 to 2-6-13” while a bouquet had a card that read “I love you Daddy.” It was signed by Cinnamon in crayon.

Spray paint marks left by investigators — which indicate where evidence was located — were found on the road about 30 feet from the spot of impact.

Investigators were not available on Monday for comment because it’s their day off.

• Contact Joel Danoy at 830-4229 or jdanoy@tracypress.com.

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dgescamillaiii
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May 22, 2014
It's funny how you re-read comments from so long ago and see what people say in the heat of the moment or just to start something. Well here we are a year and half later and still no one or anything to report. At this point my family and I have moved on and remember all the good memories we have of my brother and one day if Tracy PD ever does their job, but we don't hold our breath, maybe this will get closed. It's funny because every day I drive that road and I see how our tax dollars went up to put cameras at the light by Williams Middle School but don't work, maybe they are like the Tracy PD a waste of our tax payer dollars. Oh well, I hope everyone is doing well and we miss Aaron everyday still, if anyone knows anything please let Tracy PD know because the only way they solve cases is if it falls in their laps. Well good bye and time for me to delete this waste of space on my timeline.
Tracyite71
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February 16, 2013
Why isn't the Tracy Press writing anything about how this victim was actually involve in some break ins a couple streets away and he was actually fleeing when he got ran over.Officers found some of the stolen property at the scene.Did they get the other suspects that were also involved in the burglaries?
RmeOf12mnkys
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February 17, 2013
Care to provide at least some supporting info to this comment? At least a link to some other news organization that can lend credence to your comment? If not keep the conjecture to yourself.
giggitygiggity
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February 26, 2013
Wow.. So now we should all sway towards the ideas that he deserved to die because he possibly broke into some homes? So he musta got what he deserved then right Tracyite71? Sometimes some things should be left unsaid or maybe kept between your own circle of friends/family. Even if that was the case it doesnt justify his death, it doesnt make his family think or feel better with the fact he is gone. Im sure they would have rather him be caught and be in jail right now then dead but no... He was struck and killed.
pinkwillow
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February 15, 2013
Capt. Espinoza was obviously off on Sunday and Monday. As he would want to maintain the " tactical advantage" over the suspect and his vehicle by not releasing any suspect information.

Apparently he doesn't have many personnel looking for the suspect (who killed someone) cause they were off on Monday. Haa haa ha, what a joke. Maybe the suspect will turn himself in to the captain that way he can close the case and get a quote in the paper.
backinblack
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February 14, 2013
IMHO, Whacky opinions? You and some others seem to have missed the memo about innocent until proven guilty, or aren't aware of Aristotle's, "law is reason free of passion"

One more time and staying calm, here's what we know based on the information available so far, this was a terrible accident and there is zero proof anybody did anything wrong up to the point of the actual accident.



It's rather obvious after the accident the driver is both legally and morally wrong for leaving the scene, I'm in no way defending that action. However, judging the driver as a person at this point is to me wayward. Maybe the driver is a POS loser, but maybe they are a decent person who's made a terrible decision - again legally and morally. Have you ever made a mistake or a bad decision? Never mind, I know the answer.

Granted, in this case a man lost his life which obviously makes the drivers action after the accident pretty bad, but again, that doesn't neccesarily mean they are the worst person walking the earth.

cont....

backinblack
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February 14, 2013
Maybe you can learn a lesson from livancv. This person is a family member yet unless I missed it has not made any judgments on the driver, he/she has simply asked for the person to come forward. Seems to me livancv is choosing the path of waiting for additional info and answers to questions such as why did the driver leave and why haven't they come forward.

You go right ahead with being judge, jury, and executioner based on assumptions, I'll stick with Aristotle.

livancv, Tracy Press will oft times not only pull comments of someone who crosses a line, they will also pull any replies. I for one don't recall any derogatory comments made by you so don't worry too much about it. Sorry for your loss and hopefully your family will get the answers you are looking for when the driver steps forward or is found which will hopefully be soon.
IMHO
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February 14, 2013
Sorry, I don't think Aristotle applies here nor does the innocent until proven guilty talk. The driver hit a person, they knew they hit a person, they left the scene of the crime. Guilty as charged! It really is that simple. In this case I can be judge, jury, etc. It's the law, hit and run is a crimal felony. What more can you really add to this? The only 'innocent until proven guilty' part that applies is just trying to prove who the driver is, but there's no court in the US, no matter what the circumstances are, that would not find the driver guilty of hit and run. Guilty of manslaughter is another argument, but guilty of hit and run is not. Even if it was an old lady that reacted too slowly or someone with a medical condition that caused the accident, the second you leave the crime is the second you are guilty of hit and run and guilty as charged. On this I think it's safe to say anyone can pass judgement and I certainly hope you are not advocating otherwise. People on here think they're so clever sometimes. Quoting Aristole earns you no brownie points. Sorry.
mtrew
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February 12, 2013
backinblack - I have been in 2 pedestrain/car accidents and never thought to drive off.

In both instances the pedestrian was ruled at fault. The first instance I was the driver on my way to school (I was 16 -17years old)through a construction zone. I was going about 20mph through the zone. A construction worker who was parked across the street ran to get something out of his car. He ran out between two cars right into the street where I slammed on my brakes and hit him anyway. He never looked. Thankfully he had very minor injuries. But I stopped. I saw he was OK then called my mom and the police. The second time my friend was driving us home from Fresno and we got to where we lived and were slowing down to come to a stoplight that was red. As soon as we slowed down the light turned green In the crosswalk (that has a dont walk light) a girl ran right in front of us. The other cars at the red light were able to stop. We never saw her. We hit her going about 40mph. We panicked for a split second then stopped to render aid. She was badly hurt, but made it..thank goodness. No, there is no reason not to stop unless you are hiding something. Come forward driver.
lisamac17
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February 12, 2013
This is so sad all the way around. My prayers go out to the family of this poor victim.

My heart also breaks for the poor driver who was at the wrong place at the wrong time. I sure hope the driver was not aware of their actions and did not leave knowingly, because that is just not right. I understand being scared, but by not coming forward after seeing damage to your vehicle, that is a crime. I hope the driver comes forward so that this family can have some closure. I'm sure it was just an accident but now unfortunately, it's worse.

To the family, may God help you through this difficult time.
backinblack
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February 12, 2013
It's interesting how what is often times a simple twist of fate leads people to go off on all kinds of speculation, accusations, judgments etc.

Here's what I know based on what I've read about this tragic event. A man for whatever reason was riding his bike along the railroad tracks, for whatever reason he fell in what was obviously a bad spot, he unfortunatley was hit by a vehicle going over the crossing at that exact point in time.

For those who apparently have forgotten the definition: accident

2. anything that occurs unintentionally or by chance; chance; fortune I met him by accident

3. a misfortune or mishap, esp one causing injury or death

From what appears to be nothing more than a tragic accident someone concludes Mr Escamilla is an idiot, oh really? Did you stop to think maybe he doesn't ride his bike on the tracks on a regular basis and was maybe taking a short cut? Have you ever made a bad decision? Please let me know what perfection feels like.

Others call the driver a coward. I fortunately have never hit someone with my car so I don't know what goes through the mind when such an event happens.

cont...

backinblack
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February 12, 2013
Granted, enough time has passed to where even if the driver simply panicked one would think they should have come forward by now. However I'll hold off on judging this person until more information is available.

Others believe we need to change the speed limits in Tracy or make some other knee jerk reactions. Why, because a man tragically fell off his bike in a bad spot? When you come to a railroad crossing do you honestly think of slowing down because someone could be lying in the road?

Until I see evidence proving otherwise this was an accident, period. Stop trying to find fault where it may not exist. For the sake of Aarons family I hope the driver comes around and contacts the police as the more time which passes may make the coward accusation valid.

To the family member making threats to the driver, take it easy. You have the sympathies of the community at this point but telling someone they will need God if you find them before the police do is not the way to go.

IMHO
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February 13, 2013
I will not hold off on judging the driver. I don't know the details and I don't have to. The fact is, the driver hit someone. The second they drove off after they hit someone - guilty as charged. Even if it was just an accident, etc. Once the driver leaves, he / she is guilty. More than likely it is related to not wanting to talk to cops - drunk driving, illegal immigration status, outstanding warrants out for arrest, etc. Anyone that hits someone, and don't try and sell me on this crap they didn't know - you know if you hit someone - and drives off is guilty. End of discussion. People in this town have some whacky opinions sometimes.
backclover40
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February 12, 2013
This driver, going 40mph, at 8:45pm over a set of railroad tracks may not have felt the impact to

Mr. Escamilla, may have never known they hit someone. Very sad. Wake up city of Tracy, change the speed limit.
ChrisRoberts
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February 12, 2013
What about the local body shops, has anyone notified the body shops in the san joaquin and the surrounding counties of the vehicle description?
tracyresdnt
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February 11, 2013
The article suggests that he was riding his bike on the railroad tracks and was hit as he was crossing Schultz. Is that correct? If so, isn't this accident his fault?
bruelladeville
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February 11, 2013
Really Tracy Resident????? Even if it was his fault it does not negate the fact that some coward hit and killed him without even a care or consideration. Why would you even need to bring that up? Does it really matter if it was his fault? The fact that the person who hit him ran, tells me that the driver was more than likely at fault, at least for something, otherwise they would have stopped. I hope they catch the person and give them harshest penalty allowable by law. This is NOT acceptable. My prayers go out to the family.
tracyresdnt
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February 14, 2013
tracyresident007, you've missed the point. read slower
TracyResident007
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February 14, 2013
tracyresdnt - Your attempt to make yourself look better here is not working.

NOW you are promoting bike safety?? Seriously????? To me??

Sorry, I don't ride a bike, but I'm clearly aware of the law when and if I do. Even then, this would not help me one bit if I was hit by a vehicle and the person driving that vehicle didn't stop... would it???????

You are truly stupid and conscienceless if you think people will forget about your previous mean-spirited thoughts and comments.
livancv
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February 13, 2013
My comments were not removed for any threatening comments. I overlooked the fact that they were removed because they where on a reply of your hurtful comments. Which were in turned removed which removed my reply. Nice try... Who ever the person was who hit my cousin, do the right thing and turn yourself in. Help my family bring closer to this. If anybody has information that would be helpful please notify the police.

Thank you.
hellokitty0422
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February 12, 2013
to Tracyresdnt...im not quite sure who you are or if you really knew Aaron or his family, but let me just say this, what you had said in regards to the "accident" being Aaron's fault was completely uncalled for and extremely rude. It shouldnt matter if he was riding on the tracks, the fact of the matter is that he had fallen from his bike only to get back on when some heartless, waste of space we call a person hit him and didnt even have the nerve to stop and see what had happened. Ive known Aaron for years and to blame him for something he had no control over is in my opinion, disrespectful and flat out rude, not only to him but his family as well. Now I'm not here to argue over this or make threats because I have better things to do such as help find who did this horrible thing and be strong for the family. Aaron was and still is my other half and he will NEVER EVER be forgotten. I hope you take a good look at this and read it over and over because you made yourself sound stupid and conscienceless. RIP babe...i love you. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Justice will be served!!!!!
brokenheart2013
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February 12, 2013
tracyresdnt

I went to the scene where Aaron was hit by a car. Only seconds after I arrived two young adults crossed the railroad tracks exactly where Aaron did...

Now, please stop posting all these hurtful comments.

Tracy community please contact the city about making some safety changes to the bike route, or Schulte Road between Lauriana Lane and Sycamore Parkway before another family has to go through the pain of losing a loved one.

Aaron you're loved and missed. You will be in our hearts forever..

tracyresdnt
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February 12, 2013
TracyResident007, "the fact is this person is gone forever due to actions of someone else". From what we know from the article, he was riding his bicycle on the RR tracks, fell, at night, and was hit by a car that subsequently did not stop. The hit and run is clearly wrong, but to blame the man's death on an illegal and immoral action that was taken after the accident is not assigning blame for the actual accident to the correct person. If the car had stopped after the accident, whose fault is it then? There was no mention of a light on the bicycle. I am sorry that a family is without, and a daughter is without her father. That is a terrible thing. But I hardly see my comments as 'stupid'. Insensitive, yes, but that's simply because nobody is pointing out the fact (from what we know) that if he was in a bike lane, if there is one, with a bike light, wearing a helmet, abiding by traffic laws, he might have spared his family this loss. What you should be thinking about, TracyResidnet007, is doing everything you can to be as safe as possible when you or those you care about are out on a bicycle.

livancv, your comments were likely removed because you made threats
Condolences27
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February 12, 2013
For someone who knows ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about this case (other than what has been written in the media), you sure are quick to pass judgement! Not to mention, the fact that you are so insensitive! Did you ever stop to think, that Aaron's family is heartbroken over this loss? That his daughter will now grow up without her father? That is parents & the rest of his family will never stop wondering, day in & day out, who actually took his life? No you are to busy trying to place blame on someone you never knew, based on basic facts you read on the internet. And, we all know, EVERYTHING you read on the internet is true, right? You would probably see things very differently, if this were a family member of yours. But you never stopped to think about that, did you? Because, it's easier to sit behind your computer, make your negative comments & not care whether they are hurtful to Aaron's family or not! Regardless, I hope you never have to feel the pain his family is feeling at this moment!!!
livancv
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February 12, 2013
I don't know why my comments where deleted. I did not disrespect anyone, I did not threaten anyone I did not personally attack any one, my comments where not libelous nor did I attack anyone's race or use profanity. While you are at it deleting comments please do our grieving family a favor and delete peoples comments that disrespect our loved one and our family. Thank you.
TracyResident007
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February 12, 2013
tracyresdnt: WHY do you keep up these stupid comments? The fact is this person is gone forever due to actions of someone else -- and that he left a family that will love and mourn him forever. THAT'S what you should be thinking about....
shelly13
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February 11, 2013
Technically I think it would still be the cars fault. If he crashed his bike and was trying to get up when the car hit him there was enough time for the car too see him and stop. Of course if it was dark, maybe the driver was not able to see him and it was just an accident. Either way, the car should have stopped. They need to turn themselves in. My prayers to the family of Aaron.
tracyresdnt
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February 14, 2013
ugh, TP keeps deleting everyone's comments.
doors17
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February 11, 2013
My condolences and sympathy to Mr. Escamilla's family and friends.

Best of luck to the Tracy PD on finding who is responsible for this cowardly act. Hopefully we'll be reading soon that either an arrest has been made or they turn themselves in.


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