Autopsy report shows hit-and-run victim died ‘within seconds’

By From page A1 | January 25, 2013


28-year-old Moses Sala is pictured with his wife Tiffany and his son Giovanni. Moses killed in a hit-and-run accident December 4 while trying to deliver medication to his father who is paralyzed and needs medication at certain times. (Provided photo)

FAIRFIELD — Moses Sala died within seconds of being hit by a truck while walking five feet off the shoulder of Peabody Road late last year, according to an autopsy report.

Sala, 28, of Fairfield, suffered multiple injuries from the impact of the truck and more injuries from landing on the side of the road late Dec. 4, 2012, said Deputy Jackson Harris with the Solano County Coroner’s Office. Sala had a skull fracture, broken pelvis, broken femurs, a fractured sternum, broken ribs, a bruised lung, bleeding in his head and several other internal and external injuries, according to reports.

Harris said the combination of so many injuries caused his body to shut down and he died almost instantly. Toxicology reports said Sala was not drunk at the time of the accident.

“Essentially, he died on impact,” Harris said. “There is no one injury that caused his death. He died within seconds.”

Charges have yet to be filed against Alex Perez Jr., 22, of Fairfield, who was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run on Dec. 5, 2012, said Mary Nguyen, deputy district attorney. Nguyen said she was still waiting for word from the California Highway Patrol, which is handling the incident because it was in a rural area between Fairfield and Vacaville.

CHP Officer Darren Carrington said last week that his report is finished and he is waiting for his superiors to finalize it before sending it to the District Attorney’s Office. He could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Perez was contacted within hours at a home in Vacaville, where the truck was registered to his uncle, according to the CHP. He told Vacaville police officers he hit something, but didn’t know what it was, according to CHP reports.

Sala’s body came to rest around 300 feet away from where the vehicle was found abandoned. It remained there as Fairfield police officers tended to what they believed was a single-vehicle accident in the rain just after midnight. They were originally contacted by OnStar just before midnight, when an operator told dispatchers a vehicle had been disabled and the driver cut off contact.

Sala’s body was spotted by a motorist on the side of the road the morning of Dec. 5. He was pronounced dead just before 9 a.m. that day, according to the coroner’s report.

“He was obviously there all night, but there’s no reason to believe he sat there and cried out,” Harris said.

The details of the injuries were included in the coroner’s report and other medical documents obtained Thursday by the Daily Republic. Some of those documents also shed some light into the hours leading up to Sala’s death.

Sala was involved in his own car accident with his son earlier in the day Dec. 4. Later, he was involved in an argument with his wife. Fairfield police responded to the scene, according to reports. That incident was resolved when Sala left the home on foot around 11:30 p.m., according to reports.

Sala’s mother, Charmaine Killsright, said Sala was walking to his father’s house in Vacaville to deliver medication.

According to the coroner’s report, Sala was walking northbound on the west side of Peabody Road when he was struck by the truck traveling southbound. The truck left the marked lane for an unknown reason and struck Sala, reports said.

After being struck, Sala’s body landed on wet grass, before sliding and coming to rest 100 feet from where he was hit. The report said a backpack, shoes and broken car parts were found between the body and the point of impact.

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Danny Bernardini

Danny Bernardini

Danny is a newspaper man born and raised in Vacaville. He attended Chico State University and has written for the Enterprise Record and the Reporter. Covers the City of Fairfield, education and crime. A's, Warriors and Saints fan. Listener of vinyl, frequent visitor to the East Bay. Registered "decline to state" voter. Loves a good steak.

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  • So sadJanuary 25, 2013 - 8:38 am

    Way to tarnish the victims name-he was in a car accident, he had a fight with his wife. Those things have NOTHING to do with the fact that a husband,son and father was hit like an animal, and left to die by himself! I highly doubt Alex Perez Jr will ever be arrested. Why is he still free,able to DRIVE,and live his life? At the very LEAST, why wasn't he charged with Hit and Run,and Leaving the scene? If the charges needed to be upgraded to include GBI/DEATH, that could be done after he was charged! To do nothing, and say you're investigating, is WRONG on so many levels!

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  • RpJanuary 25, 2013 - 9:59 am

    Im sure suicide has not been ruled out!

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  • MariaJanuary 25, 2013 - 11:15 am

    What are you talking about, suicide!!! Really!?!? He was walking on the side of a road to get to his Dad who he took care of!!

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  • BillJanuary 25, 2013 - 8:24 pm

    The truck left the roadway and struck the victim, not the other way around. Suicide is eliminated.

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  • cnsJanuary 26, 2013 - 10:03 am

    Are u serious... Suicide.. He was walking inside of the bike lane an the truck struck him in the bike. Suicide is definitely eliminated !!!

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  • HurtfulJanuary 27, 2013 - 9:39 am

    Ridiculous comment and highly invalid

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  • NieceAugust 06, 2013 - 4:02 pm

    Suicide! Are you serious? How could you say such a thing? My uncle may have had his ups and downs but he loved his life more then ever especially cause he was blessed with 2 wonderful children and a good wife.

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  • alanJanuary 26, 2013 - 4:04 am

    As sad as this story is, please try to find some comfort in the fact that Moses didn't suffer for more than a couple seconds. Of course any SOBER, licensed, legally registered driver would have stopped to see if what he hit was OK, but....

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  • SadJanuary 26, 2013 - 4:27 pm

    He should have stayed arrested. I can't wait for the FULL CHP report to come out. Look into his past. Look into his past DRIVING record! Multiple car accidents.. This makes number THREE/Four? for 2012! Careless. My heart goes out to the Salas family for their loss!

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  • CommonsenseJanuary 26, 2013 - 6:42 pm

    What you have here is reckless driving in rainy weather. Who doesn't look straight ahead and hold on the steering wheel under these conditions, and especially at night please. To pulverize a humans body and be thrown a great distance had to be done under high speed, greater than what is posted in that area. Why did he stop so far from the actual impact site; the impact sound alone would have sacred the crap out of me and made me stop ASAP. Didn't he wonder what could have caused such damage to his one ton truck and make it undriveable. Surely couldn't have been a bird, squirrel, or dog. If he had his eyes on the road he would have seen the human being walking on the side of the road in his headlights and maybe have prevented this accident period. Speed and recklessness are a horrible mixture in bad driving conditions.

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  • Team MoeJanuary 30, 2013 - 12:49 pm

    For the low life who said " Im sure suicide has not been ruled out" maybe you should go back to school an learn how to read. Moe was walking in the bike lane when he was struck and killed. How could he want to commit suicide walking in the bike lane? Can you answer that? No I think not. You are so pitty for even leaving such a comment knowing that his family reads these articles. This young man killed Moe and left the scene like a coward. For him to even make a statement saying he didnt know what he hit is absolutely ridiculous. I pray that justice is served for Moses and his entire family. My condolences are deep for the Sala family because I cant imagine the pain they feel.

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