Body of hit-and-run victim found along Peabody Road

The Solano County Sheriff-Coroners transport the body of the victim of a fatal hit-and-run Wednesday morning along Peabody Road in Fairfield. (Conner Jay/Daily Republic)


Man arrested after fatal crash closes Peabody Road

By From page A1 | December 06, 2012

FAIRFIELD — A fatal accident on Peabody Road involving a man hit by a vehicle led to a two-hour closure Wednesday of the busy link between Fairfield and Vacaville.

Moses Sala, 28, of Fairfield, was pronounced dead at 8:46 a.m., Solano County Deputy Coroner Jackson Harris said.

The Fairfield Police Department contacted Golden Gate California Highway Patrol at approximately 8:52 a.m. and advised that officers were at the scene of a fatal traffic accident involving a pedestrian at Peabody Road north of Chuck Hammond Drive, according to CHP.

The death occurred several hours earlier and the body was unseen because of darkness or poor visibility, said CHP Officer Christopher Parker.

Officers responded and found a man about 30 feet from the road in low brush just north of Fairfield’s city limits. They shut down southbound Peabody Road at about 9 a.m. and shortly thereafter northbound Peabody Road so officers could conduct their investigation.

Evidence found at the scene led to a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado pickup and the possible driver, Parker said. The driver, Fairfield resident Alex Perez Jr., 23, was found in Vacaville, interviewed and subsequently arrested at 10:55 a.m. He was booked into the Solano County Jail on suspicion of felony hit-and-run. Bail was set at $15,000.

Police seized the Chevy pickup.

The accident took place on a rainy night. Law enforcement officers on a damp, gray Wednesday morning put yellow tape around a section of Peabody Road at the accident site, supporting the tape with cars.

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This version updates the original to include the latest information available.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • ConcernedDecember 06, 2012 - 9:00 am

    15,000 bail? SERIOUS?!?!?!?!?!

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  • concernedDecember 06, 2012 - 4:29 pm

    He should not have been allowed any bail since he left someone on the road to die, and could have at least called 911 to seek medical assistance for the victim. He drove a 2012 Chevy Silverado and didnt care about the damage done to it when he hit something, and went home without a care in the world until the police came knocking on his door - thought you would get away with it.

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  • Naomi FloresDecember 06, 2012 - 4:33 pm

    R.I.P. Moses. You will be truly missed!

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  • To our communityDecember 06, 2012 - 6:02 pm

    This man left another man on the side of the road to die. Shame on his parents for not contacting the authorities for what their son had done. Instead he and his parents waited for the authorities to put the pieces together on there own. This man is a careless and wreckless man of society. Not to mention he is a active member of the military. Members of the military are supposed to be upstanding member of society, news flash this man is the complete opposite. He has gone as low as to beating up his own family members and that are noth physically and mentally disabled. He has also been yelled at by surrounding neighbors in his parents neighborhood to slow dow. While speeding down their street. This man has been spotted on several occasions in the vacaville down town area in the local bars having multiple drinks and then driving himself and friends home. There is plenty more that can be said about this man and the poor choices he constantly makes. People need to speak out and justice needs to be served for Moses L. Sala and his family. He needs to answer for this terrible tragedy. He needs to learn a lifes lesson and not get off eith a slap on the wrist. May you rest in peace Moses L. Sala...

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  • Marie TildenDecember 07, 2012 - 12:23 am

    You obviously have some personal knowledge about this person and clearly some underlying issues. I dont think a persons death is the proper forum to hash that out. If you look at the police log, you can clearly see they were called to the scene HOURS earlier. So why wasn't the body discovered then? I'm pretty sure Mr Perez wouldnt have knowingly killed someone & then went to his parents to "hide out" with the truck parked out front. My guess is that it was originally thought to be an accident (maybe hitting a deer or cow) and both the authorities & Mr Perez parted ways. We should be praying for the Sala family, and hoping our justice system provides them with the truth they deserve. Again, not the time for personal attacks-just peace, truth & justice.

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  • SaddenedDecember 14, 2012 - 12:23 am

    At Marie Tilden, you are making as many assumptions as those you are pointing a finger at. The body of this young man was thrown 30 feet! It surprises you that in rainy weather, he wasn't found? And while people deserve the benefit of a doubt, it is difficult to believe that Mr. Perez could've thought he hit a deer unless he was driving dangerously fast and couldn't see what he hit or he was UNDER THE INFLUENCE of alcohol, etc. Yes, the courtroom will allow him to defend himself but its his own conscience he has to contend with. Rest in peace Moses and God bless your widow, son and unborn child.

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  • Also ConcernedDecember 06, 2012 - 9:27 pm

    It would be a good idea to get their facts straight and not listen to everything printed in newspapers or told by police. Because we all know that they are premature and sometimes cover things up. Police were called to the scene initially at 12am when the incident happened, truck still on the scene. The CHP requested to have the vehicle towed from the scene at 2am and also searched the area which was very poorly lit and rainy and foggy. Wonder why they said they did not know about this earlier? They left the scene of a fatality and probably don't want to admit it? Hmmmmm??? Funny how the CHP does not mention that they actually searched the area when the accident happened then left the scene without finding the dead body(may he rest in peace)that was discovered later that morning. People or "Low Lifes" are quick to point the finger at people without knowing circumstances. Unfortunately some people's own family members are the worst people in society and need an attitude adjustment. In addition those are very vulgar accusations your making, one would only think if they were true, he would have received disciplinary action but judging by your rants it obviously didnt show in your favor. Also an upstanding member of society who is also active duty military should get the benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise. Glad whoever posted this has and probably will never be an upstanding member of society or god help us ever serve on a jury of his or her peers because clearly you have no practical judgment or peers and are beneath every other member of society.

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  • SaddenedDecember 14, 2012 - 12:33 am

    Mr. Also Concerned, God help you if this kind of tragedy ever strikes one of your loved ones. Anger live in all of us when we lose someone at the hands (or vehicle) of another. Calling someone a 'low life' who is 'beneath every member of society' for expressing their anger at the person responsible for their loss is shameful. Take a look in the mirror the next time you pretend to be above everyone - especially those who are deep in pain.

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  • CD BrooksDecember 07, 2012 - 8:02 am

    I don’t know what happened out there but I have seen it all along that stretch with train issues, pedestrians and bicycle/motorcycle riders. I drove that area for years in every weather condition and during the worst traffic back-ups it offers. I haven’t been out there in a couple of years now, but I remember it having decent lighting along the stretch prior to where the accident happened and getting darker going up the hill towards Vacaville. We have many areas in this city where speed and driver irresponsibility are off the hook and Peabody Road is certainly one of them. I can name them all and the ridiculous maneuver’s drivers can conjure up. There is really very little that surprises me anymore as pertains to folks driving and accountability for their actions. The problem is lack of enforcement or inability to enforce, and people that have abused the system so long, their recklessness have become a natural instinct. I think I began to see that changing yesterday but education and strict enforcement will be necessary to curb this out-of-control behavior. RIP Mr. Sala, my condolences to his family and friends.

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  • Peter DoDecember 07, 2012 - 8:18 am

    Words can't express how I feel right now. I want to send my condolenses to his whole entire family. Rest in peace lil Bro.You will be forever loved ,missed and never forgotten. See you when I see you my dude.

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  • John HutchinsonDecember 07, 2012 - 12:01 pm

    The deaths along this area of Peabody road will continue till the authorities of both cities and the county decide human life is worth more than the cost to do what should have been done years ago. That being to align that section of Peabody with the both ends of the road as a duel lane road with cycle ways on both sides. I drive that stretch and cycle along it and you have people driving in the emergency / cycle lane constantly. I have even seen police cars doing it! It is the only means to travel between Fairfield and Vacaville by walking or cycling and it is a death trap for both. My wife's car was also rear ended in that same area two weeks ago and she is still recovering from it. It there was a marker on the side of the road for every death it would look like a war zone. When will the authorities who are responsible for public safety actually do something to prevent more deaths?

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