.Vehicular Manslaughter In Capitola

Woman died during hit-and-run on Bay Avenue

A 70-year-old woman died in a hit-and-run crash Saturday night on the 800 block of Bay Avenue in Capitola. She has been identified as Debra Town of Capitola.

Capitola Police said a vehicle collided with Town at about 8:30pm, and the driver reportedly sped away from the scene.

Capitola Police are now offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the person responsible.

Detectives are asking that anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or has useful video camera footage in the area of Hill Street and Crossroads Loop, to call CPD at 475.4242.

“Owners of Tesla vehicles with Sentry Mode enabled, or any drivers who have active dash cameras, and may have been in the area are encouraged to call,” police said. “You may have captured useful video.”

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Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.
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