The California Highway Patrol Garberville office has officially identified the driver of the 2019 Hyundai Accent that collided with 41-year-old Fort Bragg man Paul Brown in the early morning hours of Friday, May 7. The driver is identified as 26-year-old Willits man Aaron Lee Manning who was driving the vehicle that struck Brown who later died along the roadside.
The press release states Manning, “voluntarily contacted law enforcement and provided a statement to investigating officers on the afternoon of May 7.” That day, CHP had issued a public request for information regarding the vehicle associated with the fatal hit and run.
As per a conversation with CHP Garberville’s Public Information Officer Rick Fowler, Aaron Lee Manning, the driver of the Hyundai Accent, has not been officially named a suspect in the fatal hit-and-run due to the fact the investigation is ongoing. He explained that CHP requires a thorough and extensive investigation before charges can be filed and individuals involved can be characterized as suspects. He explained that as the investigation develops and more information comes to light, his office will continue to brief the public as to the status of the investigation.
On Friday night, multiple residents of Brooktrails reported seeing a convoy of law enforcement vehicles accompanying a tow truck loaded with a silver Hyundai Accent with damage similar to what the CHP suggested the vehicle would have.
With the investigation still ongoing, CHP Garberville requests if “anyone has any information which could lead to the location of the silver, 2018-2020 Hyundai Accent or to the identity of the driver please contact the CHP Garberville area at (707) 923-2155 or at the Humboldt Communications Center at (707) 268-2000.”