September 24 2021 03:30 pm

Davis police make arrest in fatal hit-and-run

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The Davis Police Department arrested a suspect in a fatal hit-and-run that closed a major intersection for several hours.

The crash happened around 6 p.m. Sunday on Olive Drive in front of Bros Liquor, located near Richards Boulevard and Interstate 80.

That’s where 66-year-old Ernest Seyfert was walking when he was struck.

“That victim was deceased when officers and emergency workers got there,” explained Davis Police Deputy Chief Paul Doroshov. “The driver of that vehicle fled.”    

The street joins with the Cowell Boulevard overcrossing of Interstate 80, the major entrance to downtown Davis. Traffic was congested for several hours while police investigated the hit-and-run.

Seyfert apparently lives in a nearby apartment complex and was found in the middle of the roadway.

“Olive Drive is kind of an older street. It does have fairly large trees on both sides, and so it’s on the darker side as far as lighting goes,” Doroshov said.

During the investigation, police gathered surveillance video and eyewitness accounts, which helped them identify a suspect.

Monday morning police announced that 46-year-old Scott Bryan Ekoniak of Davis was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run. He and his vehicle were found in Sacramento near 8th and W streets.

Davis police say more charges may be filed against the suspect once the on-going investigation is complete.

Investigators are not saying what led to the crash, but police say fleeing the scene already makes it a crime.

“Either stick around or make an effort to report it somehow, even if it’s minor damage. The best way to protect yourself is to call the police department,” Doroshov told FOX40.

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