Man Killed in Vacaville Hit-and-Run; Police Arrest Suspect

VACAVILLE -- The Vacaville Police Department arrested a man suspected in a hit-and-run crash that left a 61-year-old man dead.

Liz Fernandez and Bryan Sauerwein lovingly remembered their dad, Richard Sauerwein, Wednesday.

"He was just an amazing person and we didn't think we'd have to be doing this this early. He was only 61," Bryan Sauerwein said.

But their father's life ended abruptly just after 7:30 Tuesday night as he was riding his Harley along East Monte Vista Avenue, between Callen and Brown streets.

"A collision occurred and the motorcyclist went down, and the SUV left the area without stopping," said Vacaville Police Lt. Mark Donaldson.

First responders performed CPR on scene but Richard Sauerwein died at the hospital.

By noon Wednesday, police patrolling Callen Street spotted the white SUV connected to the crash just a few blocks away. Officers arrested the 22-year-old driver, Miguel Gabriel-Ramirez.

Donaldson told FOX40 Gabriel-Ramirez confessed to the accident but told investigators despite seeing the motorcycle go down, he left because he got scared.

He was booked into jail for felony hit-and-run causing a fatality.

Richard Sauerwein's children said it was heartbreaking that their father won't see his three grandchildren grow up.

"When we were kids growing up he always had haunted houses. He was just a fun, goofy guy," Bryan Sauerwein said.

He dedicated more than 30 years to the Vacaville Unified School District, where he coached generations of kids. Those kids, who are now adults, were contacting the family as word spread of his passing.

"We were 12 when we played together. So for them to still remember him that way is touching," Fernandez said.

A GoFundMe campaign has been created to raise money for Richard Sauerwein's family.

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