On April 12, 2018 at approximately 11:09pm, Anne Marie Montez was arrested without incident by Gridley-Biggs Police Department (GBPD) Investigators for the Hit and Run traffic collision on April 1, 2018 in Gridley resulting in the death of Gridley resident, Maria Dejesus Gomez (age 48). Ms. Gomez was walking northbound on Haskell Street in the crosswalks with the intersection of Magnolia Street. Ms. Gomez was struck by a sports utility vehicle registered to and driven by Anne Montez. Apparently, driver Anne Montez failed to stop her vehicle at the collision scene and report the incident or render aid. This is a criminal violation of 20001(a) of the California Vehicle Code for Hit & Run Causing Injury or Death.
On April 1, 2018, at approximately 9:07PM, the Gridley-Biggs Police Department (GBPD) and CalFire Paramedics responded to a Traffic Collision (vehicle versus pedestrian) on Magnolia Street at the intersection with Haskell Street. GBPD Officers arrived on scene and conducted an investigation.
The on-going investigation revealed a sports utility vehicle struck Gridley resident, Maria Gomez in the intersection roadway crosswalks and fled the collision scene westbound on Magnolia Street. Ms. Gomez had major life threatening injuries and was transported to Gridley's Orchard Hospital and then to Enloe Hospital in Chico for advance care. On April 2nd, Ms. Gomez succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased.
GBPD Officers recovered forensic evidence on scene and reviewed video surveillance from the surrounding area to compile investigative leads and evidence of the crime.
On April 10, 2018 at approximately 9:07pm, members of the Gridley-Biggs Police Department (GBPD) served a search warrant for two residences in Gridley in an effort to locate the suspect vehicle and the suspect driver in the hit and run collision incident. One of the residences searched was the residence of Anne Marie Montez. Interviews of parties at the search warrant residences resulted in investigative leads for the location of the suspect vehicle. GBPD officers later travelled to Sacramento and recovered a sports utility vehicle registered to Anne Marie Montez as evidence. This vehicle is believed to have been the vehicle that struck and subsequently killed Maria Gomez.
On April 12,2018, the California Department of Justice criminalists conducted a forensic examination on the impounded vehicle and results are pending.
The investigation is on-going and anyone who may have witnessed this collision or may have any further information, is encouraged to contact the Gridley-Biggs Police Department, Detective Alberto Rodriguez at (530) 846-5670.