TURLOCK — Police have identified a suspect in a fatal crash that killed a Delhi teenager earlier this month.
Investigators are looking for Jose Jesus Aguilar, 19, of Delhi. They believe he was driving a Chevrolet Malibu that left a Marshall Street parking lot as a police officer entered it early on Nov. 3, then sped down Lander Avenue.
The driver lost control of the car, which spun, hit a tree and came to rest against a house. Taylor Vessel, 18, was partially ejected. She died within minutes, police said.
The driver, believed to be Aguilar, ran away. Police contacted the woman who owns the car, but she and other witnesses were not forthcoming, investigators said.
A Merced College student, Vessel studied criminology, said her mother, Toni Garcia.
Garcia didn't know why her daughter was in Turlock and expressed frustration that people believed to be Vessel's friends are not cooperating with police.
Police say Aguilar is 5 feet, 8 inches tall, 180 pounds, with long black hair, usually in a ponytail. He has four dots tattooed under his left eye and one under his right.
Investigators ask anyone with information on Aguilar to call (209) 668-1200.