California Highway Patrol identified last week’s hit and run victim north of Santa Cruz as Joshua Laven. Laven was biking on a cross-country tour from Florida to San Francisco when he was hit in the middle of the night and left to die on the side of Highway 1. Laven’s dog, a 5-year-old Cairn terrier named Ozziet, remained at his side until police came to investigate.
CHP believes the vehicle that hit Laven is a 1999-2004 Dodge Ram pickup with possible front end damage and a missing headlight. The truck may have extended side mirrors for hauling. Earlier reports mentioned the vehicle may be green.
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The Dodge Ram Truck is a 2002 to 2005. This is the model with the ROUND, not square headlights. It had extended mirrors (the kind that flip from standard to extended). It would have had damage to the right front headlight area and the mirror what was damage and both would have needed replacement.
Approximate time of the accident was 1:30am (Thursday night/Friday morning). Night of May 3rd, earlier hours of May 4th.. Please call CHP with any possible tips.
THanks for the information, Dehica.