Update to Unsolved Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision Involving a Pedestrian

Case# 16-1244


The Chico Police Department and the victim’s family are asking for the public’s help in solving a cold case from 2016. On February 17th, 2016 about 7:30pm, Officers were dispatched to a hit and run traffic collision near the intersection of W. Sacramento Ave. and Citrus Ave.  In this collision, a female named Elizabeth Lewis was struck and dragged by a westbound vehicle.  The vehicle drove several blocks before Lewis was dislodged from the vehicle.  The vehicle did not stop and fled the scene.  A citizen found Lewis on the side of the road near W. 6th Ave. at Warner Street.  Lewis’ injuries were consistent with a vehicle collision and evidence was located that linked her to the original collision scene.  Lewis did not survive. She would have turned 54 years old earlier this month. 


Investigators are asking the public for help in solving this case.  The witness described the suspect vehicle as a small white SUV.  Anyone with any information is asked to call the Chico Police Traffic Unit at (530) 897-4970. 

Original Press Release:

On February 17th, 2016 at 7:30pm, Chico Police were dispatched to a vehicle vs. pedestrian, hit and run collision at the intersection of W. Sacramento Ave. and Citrus Ave. The caller said he believed the pedestrian was dragged by the fleeing vehicle.  Officers arrived at the scene and found personal property in the roadway, but did not locate any person.  An extensive area check was made for anyone that may have been injured from the collision but nobody was located. Approximately 45 minutes later, a citizen located an unconscious female near the intersection of W. 6th Ave. and Warner St, just over a ½ mile away.  The female had injuries consistent with a vehicular collision.  The female was transported by ambulance to the hospital where she later died from those injuries.  The pedestrian was positively identified by her driver’s license, but her identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.  Evidence was located which tied the found female to the original collision at W. Sacramento Ave. and Citrus Ave.  The suspect vehicle was only described as a white SUV, possibly a 4 door.  The investigation was turned over to the Chico Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.).  Anyone with home security cameras in that area are being asked to check for footage of this incident and vehicles matching that description, specifically between 7:30pm and 8:15pm.  If anyone saw this collision, or has information about this incident, they are encouraged to call Chico Police Department at 897-4911. 



Location:  W. Sacramento Ave. / Citrus Ave.


Victim:  Elizabeth Lewis


Suspect:  Unknown


Supervisor:  Sgt. Todd Lefkowitz   


Lieutenant:   Lt. Mike Rodden

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