Reward increased to $7,500 for information leading to arrest in fatal hit-and-run near CSUB

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UPDATE (2/11): The reward has been increased to $7,500 for anyone who can identify the Sentra’s driver, said the law firm of Chain Cohn Stiles. Anyone with information is asked to call 661-326-3967 or the Kern Secret Witness line at 661-322-4040.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Chain Cohn Stiles and the family of the woman who was killed in a hit-and-run near Cal State Bakersfield on July 22 is offering a reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

The law firm and the family of 65-year-old Deborah Ann Geneau are offering a $2,500 reward to the person who helps identify the driver of a 2013-2019 dark gray Nissan Sentra with driver’s side damage that is suspected in causing the crash on Stockdale Highway near Don Hart Drive.

That vehicle turned into a bike path parking area across from CSUB immediately after the collision before fleeing the scene, according to the Bakersfield Police Department.

“I spent yesterday at the mortuary collecting my mother’s belongings, including her crushed earrings and wedding ring. I couldn’t help but think about what the driver of the other vehicle might have been doing yesterday,” said Dawn Elliott, Geneau’s daughter and only child. “We really just want this person to come forward, or assistance to find the person responsible.”

Photo: Geneau family photo / GoFundMe

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