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Police release sketch of hit-and-run suspect

PLANADA -- With a composite sketch of what a hit-and-run driver may look like, California Highway Patrol officers will be canvassing Planada in hopes of catching the person responsible for striking a toddler in a stroller a week ago.

CHP officers will circulate posters of the Latino man, believed to be 30 to 40 years of age, lightly-complected with black hair and a medium build. He is suspected of running over 1-year-old Daniel Guillen about 7:05 p.m. Aug. 30 on Fremont Street and speeding off in a white pickup. The stroller was dragged about 100 feet after the accident.

Guillen remains in stable condition at the University of California Davis Medical Center where he is being treated for multiple fractures and partial amputation of his right arm, according to Officer Shane Ferriera, CHP spokesman.

Barbara Anderson, a forensic artist and investigator with the Sacramento Police Department, drew the sketch of the man driving a late-model white-colored four-door pickup, possibly an extra-cab model, Ferriera said.

Ferriera plans to circulate the poster at tonight's Municipal Advisory Council meeting in Planada. He said it's difficult to say if the driver lives in the Planada area.

"We're going to saturate the area. Hopefully we'll get a hit," Ferriera said.

The boy in the stroller was accompanied by his mother, 36-year-old Gloria Guillen, and his 8-year-old brother Fernando, when they were crossing Fremont Street. The motorist made a high-speed left turn onto Fremont Street. He had previously gone through a stop sign on Broadway and made a right turn onto Brodrick Avenue before reaching Fremont.

Those with information about the accident are asked to call CHP Officer Luis Lara at 209-356-2900 or 209-356-2956. The truck may have minor front end damage, according to Ferriera.

Associate Editor Doane Yawger can be reached at 209-385-2485 or dyawger@mercedsun-star.com">dyawger@mercedsun-star.com.

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