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Police locate driver who left the scene of fatal crash

Published On: Dec 31 2013 12:57:24 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 31 2013 01:00:07 PM CST

Lester Folsom (pictured in 2012 mugshot from previous arrest)

REDDING, Calif. -

Redding Police said they have located the driver who left the scene of a fatal crash on Churn Creek Road late Sunday night.

Police said the driver was 24-year-old Lester Folsom of Redding.  According to a news release from Redding Police Department, Folsom was contacted by investigators at his residence and had suffered several injuries from the collision.  Folsom was taken to Shasta Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The investigation revealed Ruben Calderon, 30 years of Redding was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe northbound on Churn Creek Road around 11:30 p.m. Sunday. The vehicle left the roadway, lost control and traveled into the northbound lane of Churn Creek Road.  The Tahoe collided into a 1996 Volvo sedan that police said was driven by Folsom.  Calderon was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Folsom was interviewed by investigators.  They determined he is on probation for DUI and has a revoked driver's license.  Folsom admitted to his involvement in the collision and leaving the scene prior to police arriving.  

Due to the time delay, Folsom's impairment due to drugs/alcohol at the time of the collision could not be determined.  Folsom was not arrested due to extended medical treatment needed.        

Investigators are still asking for assistance with locating the dark colored SUV in which Folsom left the crash scene.

Witnesses said the dark colored SUV may have a "SF" sticker in the back window.  Investigators are also asking for assistance with the identity of the person driving the dark colored SUV and assisting Folsom leave the scene of the collision.  

The investigation is ongoing and Investigators are asking for anyone with information regarding this traffic collision to contact the Redding Police Department at 225-4200.  Anonymous information can be left with Shasta County Secret Witness at or 243-2319.