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Yuba City woman arrested in deadly hit-and-run posts bail

One of two drivers suspected in a fatal hit-and-run crash last month posted a $25,000 bail bond Thursday and was released from Sutter County Jail.

Paula Magana, 42, was arrested Wednesday evening in the 400 block of Woodbridge Avenue and booked on suspicion of hit and run, a felony, Yuba City police spokeswoman Shawna Pavey said.

"There's not a lot of detail that we can go into at this point because we're still looking for the driver of the first vehicle," Pavey said. "I can tell you this arrest is the product of tenacious detective work."

Alberto Fernandez was struck around 8:50 p.m. May 17 by two vehicles that fled after striking him on Franklin Avenue near Littlejohn Road.

Police said Fernandez was first struck by a burgundy minivan, possibly a Dodge, then by a car described as a black sedan, possibly a Lincoln Navigator.

Investigators believe Magana drove the Lincoln.

She is set to be arraigned June 25 in Sutter County Superior Court.

Fernandez, 19, died at Rideout Memorial Hospital. He left behind a 7-month-old girl. Fernandez, who went to River Valley High School, was reme bered by friends as a funny, caring young man.

The crash was witnessed by a patrolling officer with the California Highway Patrol, who told police both vehicles fled east on Franklin.

The unidentified officer chose to aide the injured Fernandez and did not pursue the fleeing vehicles, police said.

"We're still asking for the public's assistance to identify the driver of the first vehicle," Pavey said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Yuba City Police Department at 822-4660.

CONTACT Rob Parsons at rparsons@appealdemocrat.com or 749-4785. Find him on Facebook at /ADcrimebeat or on Twitter at @ADcrimebeat.


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