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Police Seek Information in Case of Cloverdale Teen Hit-And-Run


A tragic hit-and-run killing earlier this year in Cloverdale still has police baffled. Recent entreaties to the public and the media have escalated and a $15,000 reward has been posted in an effort to bring the driver to justice

19-year-old Kody Williams was working for his stepfather's construction company in Cloverdale, saving up money and considering enlisting in the Navy. On the evening of February 19th, he went for a walk along Citrus Fair Drive, only to be mowed down under the Highway 101 interchange by a vehicle that fled the scene. Williams died in the hospital two days later from the injuries he sustained.

As the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports:

The idea is "just to keep it fresh and out there, and people talking about it," police Officer Mike Campbell said.

Williams' mother, Kim Sandate, said the loss of her son is so profound that she doesn't obsess about finding the person who killed him. An arrest, she said, won't remove her pain.

But she wonders how he or she can get up each day, keeping the secret. "I couldn't imagine waking up in the morning and carrying on with my life," Sandate said. "I just wish that justice gets served."

As we reported extensively with the case of Andrew Bennett, sometimes justice can be served, even after a long delay. Unfortunately for Williams' family, there appear to have been no witnesses to the crime who got a good look at the vehicle. His family has set up a website for anonymous tipsters and asks anyone with information to contact Officer Mike Campbell of the Cloverdale Police Department at (707) 894-2150.

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