Dixon police investigate hit-and-run collision that left 70-year-old woman dead, 71-year-old man injured

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12:36 p.m.

The Dixon Police Department has identified the driver of the vehicle as Jose De Jesus Arauza-Ortiz, 31, and obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Police officials said Arauza-Ortiz may be en route to Southern California or Mexico.

If anyone has information about Arauza-Ortiz’s whereabouts, they are asked to contact Dixon Police Detective Oliveira at 707-678-7080.

Photos of Jose De Jesus Arauza-Ortiz, 31, who has a warrant out for his arrest in connection to a fatal hit-and-run crash that happened in Dixon on Nov. 8, 2020. (Photos courtesy of the Dixon Police Department)

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SOLANO COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — Dixon authorities are investigating the cause of a hit-and-run collision where a 70-year-old woman died.

It was at the intersection of North 1st and East B streets in Dixon that a husband and wife in their early 70s were struck by a car Sunday night around 8.

The woman died from her injuries at the scene.

The man was taken to a hospital where he is expected to recover.

“It took a huge impact in our life,” said the victim’s nephew, Gonzalo Arriaga. “It’s sudden. We still have questions we don’t have answers to.”

Arriaga and the victim’s granddaughter told FOX40 she was Adelina Bocanegra, owner of Taqueria Adelina, a restaurant on the same block as the collision.

“My aunt was a really hard-working woman,” Arriaga told FOX40. “She came to the United States selling donuts from door to door, to eventually going and starting her family business with her family. And it’s just unfortunate that her story had to end this way in a tragic matter.”

Family members described Bocanegra as someone who not only loved to cook but loved people.

“She was very hard-working. A very warm heart. Always willing to help others,” said her granddaughter, Atzimba Bocanegra.

Throughout Monday evening, grieving community members came to the door of the restaurant to show support for the family.

“She fed a lot of people. She did it with love,” one local said.

“Very well-known in the community. Just wonderful people and what happened shouldn’t have happened,” another community member said.

Dixon police are calling the collision a hit-and-run.

They released a photograph of a vehicle of interest, a white Nissan Murano with Virginia plates.

As of 8 p.m., they say they have located the car but not the driver.

The family is appealing to that person to have a heart and conscience.

“Just come forward with it,” Arriaga said. “Give our family peace. Give her peace in her memory.”

They said Bocanegra would pray for anybody who came into the restaurant looking sad. Now, they pray for the closure and justice she deserves.

Some locals told FOX40 speeding is a problem on North 1st Street and said they’ve been asking the city to install lights at the crosswalk where the collision happened.

The Dixon Police Department is requesting tips from anybody with information about the hit-and-run or the vehicle of interest.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with funeral expenses for Bocanegra.

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