Bicyclist killed in Saturday evening hit and run collision

On Saturday, March 6th, 2021, at approximately 7:15 pm, the Turlock Police Department received a call of a hit and run injury vehicle collision involving a bicycle on N Front St just north of Almond Ave. Turlock Police officers responded along with American Medical Response and the Turlock Fire Department’s Battalion 4, Squad 32, and Engine 34.

The first arriving officer located a male unconscious in the roadway with a major head injury. Paramedics and firefighters arrived on scene shortly after and began patient care. The victim was loaded onto an ambulance and transported to a local area hospital by American Medical Response accompanied by two Turlock Firefighters.

Officers began their investigation and speaking to witnesses. Witnesses reported that a dark gray 2014-2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550 struck the bicyclist and then fled the scene. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate a matching vehicle.

Later at the hospital, the victim, who was identified as Johnny Romo, 44, of Turlock, succumbed to his injuries. Officers are asking for your help in locating the suspect vehicle. It should be missing a passenger side mirror and turn signal and could possibly be at an auto body repair shop.

Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Officer Richard Fortado at 209-664-7399 or by email at RFortado@turlock.ca.us. You can also leave an anonymous tip at the Turlock Police Department’s tip line at 209-668-5550 extension 6780 or by email at tpdtipline@turlock.ca.us.

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