Suspected driver in Auburn I-80 tow-truck death arrested

Newcastle man charged with vehicular manslaughter, felony hit-and-run
By: Journal Staff Report
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AUBURN CA - A Newcastle man was behind bars Monday on charges that he hit a tow-truck driver with his car and fled the scene last week in Auburn. Christopher Michael Keller, 25, was arrested in Foresthill Sunday on charges of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run in the death of 30-year-old Citrus Heights resident David Robinson, Jr. Robinson was stopped on the side of westbound Interstate 80 near the Ophir Road exit March 20 and standing outside the tow-truck he was driving when struck and killed by a vehicle that left the scene. A spokeswoman for Robinson’s family said Monday that they were relieved that a suspect in the hit-and-run death had been arrested. “We can start the healing now,” Sue Martin said. “It’s been playing on our minds and we haven’t been able to focus on losing Davy knowing this guy was out there.” Monday brought word from Roseville’s All-American Speedway approving a celebration of life for Robinson at 2 p.m. April 22 on the racetrack. On Saturday, Martin said 400 people gathered for a candlelight vigil at Rusch Park in Citrus Heights. Sunday night the California Highway Patrol issued a press release stating that officers, along with the assistance of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Keller at Glen and Cold Springs Drive in Foresthill. The release also said that witness statements describing the vehicle assisted in the arrest of Keller. “With the assistance from the Placer County Sheriff’s Department and assistance from the public, the Auburn Area CHP was led to the Foresthill Area where they were able to locate both the vehicle and driver that struck and killed Mr. Robinson,” the release stated. “The vehicle is a 1991 Silver Honda Accord with major windshield damage.” Keller remained in custody at Placer County Jail Monday morning held on $75,000 bail. He was slated to be arraigned Tuesday in Auburn. Jerry Barker, who lives in the Todd Valley subdivision the vehicle was found in, said the case may be a sad one for all parties. “If it was an accident and this guy had no intentions of committing a crime, he’s in big trouble,” Barker said. “You shouldn’t run.” Officer David Martinez said the vehicle was discovered underneath a tarp as Highway Patrol and Sheriff’s deputies zeroed in on reports of the vehicle in Foresthill. A Highway Patrol officer saw a portion of a car in the driveway matching a description given by crash witnesses. Keller was at the residence and was arrested without incident, Martinez said.