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May 28, 2024

Hollister police investigate suspicious death

Courtesy of the Hollister Police Department:

On December 30, 2020 police were called to a report of a vehicle collision and located a man with a severe injury to his chest.  The driver later died at the hospital.  Police are investigating the incident as a suspicious death and are asking any potential witnesses to come forward. 
On December 30, 2020 at about  9:40 pm, Hollister Police Officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Seventh Street for a report of a just occurred vehicle collision where the driver was possibly trying to get away.  Officers responded and located the vehicle in Brown’s Alley between Seventh and Sixth Street.  The 2014 White Mercedes Benz sedan was still there and the male driver was sitting in the driver’s seat. 
The vehicle had collided with a fence and the car had moderate damage.  However, the driver had a bleeding chest injury and difficulty breathing.  Fire and Medical Staff responded and transported the driver to Hazel Hawkins Hospital. 
The driver, later succumbed to his injuries.  Medical staff advised the driver had a severe injury to his chest.  Police do not believe this injury occurred as a result of the collision and are treating this as a suspicious death. 
The identification of the 32 year old man is pending notification of next of kin.  However, police are releasing an image of the vehicle in question that was captured about a half hour before the incident in the city’s downtown camera network.  Police are asking if anyone noticed this vehicle in the area last night or if they have any information in regards to this death to please contact the police. 
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Torres at 831-638-4331. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward.