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Car part left behind may lead investigators to hit-and-run suspect

No serious injuries in earlier I-80 crashes
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Law enforcement is using a bumper left at the scene of a hit-and-run accident Monday to find the driver of a black Honda, according to Officer David Martinez of the Auburn California Highway Patrol, based in Newcastle. The driver of the Honda allegedly hit a silver Toyota Prius around 5 p.m. and sped off. The victim, Nicole Mullikin, 31, of Sacramento, was transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with moderate to severe injuries, Martinez said. He elaborated that investigators are using a number found on the bumper to track the vehicle it came from. It is still unknown whether the model of the vehicle is a Honda Civic or Accord. “The bumper was left at the scene of the accident,” Martinez said. “One of our investigators found some number from the bumper that might help them.” Victims of a rollover crash earlier that day on Interstate 80, just past Highway 193, sustained only minor to moderate injuries, according to Martinez The driver of a light blue Subaru Legacy, Theodore Bacharach, 89, of Colfax, rear-ended a grey Jeep Grand Cherokee at approximately 2:15 p.m. Both vehicles rolled over and traffic was backed up to Highway 193, Martinez said. Bacharach and the driver of the Jeep, Gail Plackos, 61, of Nevada City, were transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Martinez said a second crash occurred on eastbound Interstate 80 when a fire truck responding to the accident sideswiped a semi-truck. No one involved in that crash sustained any injuries. ~Sara Seyydin Reach Sara Seyydin at saras@goldcountrymedia.com.