CHP: Fatal hit-and-run victim ID’d |

CHP: Fatal hit-and-run victim ID’d


The woman hit and killed in an early morning hit-and-run collision in North San Juan has been identified as Melissa Crawford, 41, authorities said Monday.

Crawford, also known as Soli Yamandi, was a musician and Indigenous rights activist who hosted a radio show on KVMR for several years, according to her Facebook page.

The California Highway Patrol continues to investigate Crawford’s death, Officer Mike Steele said Monday.

A passerby called just before 5:30 a.m. Friday to report a woman was lying in the road on Highway 49 in front of the Brass Rail. Responding officers quickly determined it was a vehicle versus a pedestrian, Steele said. Crawford was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with information about the incident was urged to contact authorities at 916-861-1300.

— The Union staff

UPDATE at 8:04 a.m., Aug. 24:

The victim from the fatal hit and run in North San Juan on Friday has been identified as Melissa Crawford, 41, Nevada City, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said.

UPDATE at 7:27 a.m.

CHP is reporting the roadway is now clear.

Initially posted

The California Highway Patrol said early Friday it’s investigating a fatal hit-and-run in North San Juan.

The incident was reported to authorities around 5:25 a.m. in front of the Brass Rail, and involved a vehicle versus a pedestrian. Highway 49’s southbound lanes at Flume Street were blocked, with no estimated time of reopening, CHP said.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact authorities at 916-861-1300.

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