Driver sought in hit-and-run

By: Penne Usher, Journal Staff Writer
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Law enforcement officials are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a driver who struck an Auburn man on a motorcycle and fled the scene. Duane Purdue, 59, owner of Sierra Investigative Services in Auburn, was riding his red, Honda VTX motorcycle around 4 p.m. April 11 when he was struck from behind at the intersection of Auburn Ravine and Bowman roads. “I have no idea who or what hit me,” Purdue said Wednesday. “The driver fled the scene.” The impact of the collision pushed Purdue’s motorcycle up in the air, however he was able to regain control. “The bike was totaled,” said Purdue, who suffered moderate injuries in the collision. To date no witnesses have come forward and the culprit has yet to be located. “We have no information on the vehicle — nothing,” said Kevin Mendonca of the Newcastle office of the California Highway Patrol. “Unless somebody actually saw the crash, we can’t even say be on the lookout for the vehicle.” Anyone with information is asked to contact the CHP at (916) 663-3344. Penne Usher can be reached at or comment at