Crime, Fire + Courts

No contest plea in fatal hit-and-run case

By From page A2 | August 05, 2014

The suspect in last year’s hit-and-run death of a Woodland teen pleaded no contest to the charges against him Monday as his jury trial was about to begin.

Camron Matthew Ervin, 28, admitted to a felony count of hit-and-run causing death, which Yolo Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg indicated could be reduced to a misdemeanor after 18 months, according to the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office.

Ervin also pled to a charge of driving on a suspended license.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 24.

Authorities said Ervin was at the wheel of a Buick Park Avenue that struck and killed 17-year-old Claudia Marie Gonzalez on Interstate 5 near Woodland on July 5, 2013. Gonzalez reportedly had become upset while traveling in another vehicle, whose driver pulled over, and the teen ran into the traffic lanes.

At Ervin’s arraignment hearing last fall, his defense attorney said Ervin was unaware that he had hit a person as he drove on the darkened highway on his way to work.

Lauren Keene

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