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Mon Feb 10, 2020, 04:01 PM

Man hunts down alleged hit-and-run driver after wife killed

A Southern California man who made it his mission to track down the hit-and-run driver who killed his wife and mother of their eight children led police to an 85-year-old suspect, who was arrested, authorities said.

Brenda Richardson died after a white Lexus struck her motorcycle last week in Corona, police said. Her husband, Rod Richardson, told KNBC-TV that he decided to search for the car that hit his wife.

While at the intersection where the collision occurred, Richardson said he spotted the entrance of an apartment complex. "Something was on my heart, tugging me, saying ‘you need to go in,’" Richardson told the news station. As soon as he entered the complex, he saw a white Lexus with damage to passenger's side front door. “My heart dropped,” he said.

He called Corona police and officers arrested Tashiro Isa on suspicion of felony hit and run and vehicular manslaughter. It wasn't known Sunday if the 85-year-old Corona resident has an attorney. Police Sgt. Chad Fountain confirmed Richardson’s account.

Richardson said he was moved to act because the grief of losing his wife and mother of his children was overwhelming. "When you have your older kids falling on the ground crying cause they have no control," he said. "Your younger kids waking you up in the middle of the night saying they missed her, it's a lot." Richardson said his wife worked for decades with the Veteran's Administration in Long Beach. The family has started a GoFundMe account to cover funeral expenses.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/man-hunts-alleged-hit-run-driver-wife-killed-68862678

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Mon Feb 10, 2020, 07:48 PM

1. That's so terribly tragic. And it was an 85 year old guy who hit her.

It's not like they'll lock the old guy up for 20 years. All they can really do is cancel his license and make sure his kids take away his car and keys.

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Response to hedda_foil (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 10, 2020, 08:31 PM

2. He may not have even known he'd done it.

I'm always checking on my Dad's driving competence (he's 83). He'll never admit to any decline in his abilities; driving is the only way he has to get around. There are no sidewalks and it's miles to a store.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 10, 2020, 09:39 PM

6. He doesn't know he collided a lady riding a motorcycle?

Really?

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Response to LisaL (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 11, 2020, 11:51 AM

8. Really.

Senility is a real thing.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 10, 2020, 10:35 PM

7. I was thinking the same thing ... that he probably never realized he hit her.

Good luck with your dad.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Mon Feb 10, 2020, 08:47 PM

3. We built a deadly, car-centered world and we're not about to

give it up.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Mon Feb 10, 2020, 09:36 PM

4. Spent a couple of weeks in Southern Europe, US *DOES NOT* have infrastructure for walking

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Response to uponit7771 (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 10, 2020, 09:39 PM

5. While that might be so, it really has nothing to do with this case, considering wife was riding a

motorcycle.

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