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A Ukiah man found with major injuries on the Talmadge Road onramp to Highway 101 early Tuesday morning has died and the driver of the pickup truck that hit him and took off has been arrested. The CHP says the victim died Tuesday night at Santa Rosa Memorial. They say he was crossing the Talmage onramp to southbound 101 when he was hit by Michael Seigler of Ukiah, who was turning onto the ramp on this way to work. A CHP spokesman says evidence at the scene led detectives to Seigler whose pickup truck had front-end damage and who reportedly admitted he knew he’d hit someone. Seigler has been arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and manslaughter. The spokesman tells the Ukiah Daily Journal it was dark outside, the victim was wearing dark clothing and he was not using a crosswalk so the initial collision was not entirely the driver’s fault, but the law requires you to stop and call for help.

A Fort Bragg man being sought on allegations of beating his girlfriend and an elderly man who tried to help her has turned himself in. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office says Robert Vargas turned himself in at the Mendocino County Jail Tuesday and was released after posting $55,000 bail. Vargas is charged with Felony Elder Abuse, Inflicting Corporal Injury on a Spouse, and Assault with a Deadly Weapon after investigators allege he assaulted his girlfriend and then rammed his vehicle into that of an older relative of hers who was driving over to help her. After ramming the car, he allegedly tackled the older man him and beat him.

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