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One wonders when law enforcement lobbyists will follow through with the commitment they made during a Senate Judiciary Hearing in April to really work on "do-something" legislation to prevent a new generation of innocent victims of police pursuits.

Suspect identified in fiery crash
By MELISSA DAUGHERTY - Staff Writer
July 25, 2004

YUBA CITY—A July 17 collision that left a Chico man critically injured was caught on tape, according to police.

Yuba City police Lt. Bill Ollar said his department is seeking 32-year-old Colusa resident Daniel Godoy, who allegedly crashed a stolen SUV into a truck driven by 28-year-old Lyle Verry of Chico.

As police chased Godoy, a security guard from a nearby business turned a camera toward the speeding SUV, zooming in on the head-on crash, which exploded Verry's vehicle.

"It flattened the gas tank, ripping it open and creating a fire ball," Ollar said of the impact, which he's seen on the video.

Police have issued a $500,000 arrest warrant for Godoy, who reportedly ran away from the accident. He is accused of felony hit-and-run, inflicting great bodily harm, felony evading, burglary and possession of stolen property.

"When we catch this individual, we want the judge to know he got up and ran while Mr. Verry was burning," Ollar said. "This father of three, this husband, this hard worker was set on fire and left to burn."

Ollar said Verry is still undergoing surgeries at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, and has a long road to recovery. He sustained second- and third-degree burns to 40 percent of his body.

"He's probably going to be in critical condition for the next month," Ollar said.

In lieu of cash, the family requests that anyone interested in helping purchase gift certificates. Donations may be made to the Yuba City Police Department, 1545 Poole Blvd., Yuba City CA 95993.

Additionally, anyone with information about the whereabouts of Daniel Godoy is asked to contact the department at 822-4661.

©Copyrighted article reprinted with permission.  

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