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Hit And Run Suspect Located In Murrieta

A Murrieta man was arrested in connections with a fatal, hit and run traffic collision, which occurred on January 15, at approximately at one in the morning.  The fatal collision occurred on US-101 southbound near Ortega Street and claimed the life of a Santa Barbara resident, later identified as Simon Chavez. 

CHP Officers arrived on scene and discovered Chavez had succumbed to injuries prior to their arrival.  The driver of the vehicle which struck Chavez immediately fled the scene. 

During the on-scene investigation, officers located items of evidentiary value, which included assorted vehicle parts and debris.  Though combined CHP investigative measures, the 2011 Hyundai Tucson involved in the collision was located. 

On January 24, investigators served a search warrant at an address in Murrieta, California.  Investigators located the white in color 2011 Hyundai Tucson at the address. 

On January 26, investigators with the California Highway Patrol Santa Barbara Area made an arrest in this investigation.  Lau Van Huynh, of Murrieta, was arrested for felony hit and run. Huynh was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail and his being held on $1,000,000.00 bail. 

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