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Posted on: October 1, 2013

Reward Announced in Hit and Run Case

picture of Toyota Camry

Fremont Police Announce Reward in Hit and Run Case

A $10,000 reward is being announced for information leading to the identity, arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for a major injury hit and run collision that occurred in Fremont.

On August 8, 2013 at 5:42 a.m., John Vigdal, a 56 year old Fremont resident, was struck by a black Toyota Camry while he was riding his bicycle in the southbound bike lane of Fremont Blvd, just south of Old Warm Springs Blvd. The driver of the Camry continued driving southbound on Fremont Blvd. and did not return to the scene of the collision. The victim was wearing his helmet, but suffered major head injuries and was transported to a local trauma center in critical condition. The victim, who remains hospitalized, has continued to show signs of improvement but his full recovery is still unknown.

In an effort to spark a renewed interest in this case, a close personal friend of the victim who wishes to remain anonymous, has offered a generous $10,000 reward to anyone who provides information leading to the suspect(s) identity, apprehension and conviction. During a recent conversation with the victim’s daughter, Alexis Vigdal Fernandez, she told officers that she has relocated to the Bay Area from the East Coast to be by her father’s side. She went on to say, “The person who did this has affected the lives of our entire family, not only will my dad’s life never be the same, but our lives have also changed forever. We want this person held accountable and we can’t allow this to happen in our community.” She sadly continued, “It has been really tough to leave my new husband of four months behind and my dad doesn’t even remember the wedding.”

The attached photo of the Toyota Camry is similar to the suspect’s vehicle. The year of the Camry is a 1992 to 1996 and the suspect vehicle had damage to the right front bumper area. This vehicle may have been taken to a body shop for repairs shortly after the collision.

The Fremont Police Department is asking for the public's help. “We believe that someone in our community or a nearby city has information that would help us and we hope that the reward will help motivate anyone with that information to come forward,” stated Geneva Bosques, the Department’s Public Affairs Manager. The $10,000 reward will remain available for approximately six months.

The Traffic Unit remains committed and will follow up on any credible leads. If you have any information regarding this collision, please contact Traffic Officer Alan Zambonin at Azambonin@fremont.gov or the Fremont Police Department Traffic Division at 510-790-6760. You may also submit a Nixle Tip or an anonymous tip by visiting www.fremontpolice.org/tip.