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Rick DeVecchi Murder Case in Berkeley Unsolved Family Appeals for Information on Identity of Killer

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The family of a San Lorenzo man who was deliberately run down 14 years ago on a Berkeley Street is still looking for answers. Rick DeVecchi was killed on Dec. 17, 1998 after he interrupted a prowler near his truck, according to Berkeley police. DeVecchi, then 37, saw the man around 7:15 a.m. near his truck, which was parked on the 1900 block of Second Street in West Berkeley, in front of his family’s trucking company, police said. When DeVecchi stepped into the street to investigate, the prowler intentionally ran him down with his car. DeVecchi was critically injured and died at the hospital three days later. The crime remains unsolved and the family continues to search for the suspect and the vehicle that ran down DeVecchi, a husband of 15 years with two children.

They have used flyers, billboards, web sites and video enhancements, television shows and countless witness interviews, according to a statement released Sunday. In addition, a reward of $50,000 has been offered for information. “We need help! Someone, somewhere, knows something about this crime, and we need them to come forward and give us some peace,” said Randy DeVecchi, Rick DeVecchi’s brother, in the statement. “Someone knows about that car and we need that someone to give us the tip we need to close this case,” Randy added.

The suspect was described as a black man, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing about 185 pounds. The suspect was driving a late model 1970s or 1980s white- or tan-colored Cadillac with a dark landau top and a California license plate, according to police. Randy said the vehicle had a partial license plate similar to “CUS—” or “-CUS–.”

Rick DeVecchi made an impact by being an organ and tissue donor, and following his death donations were made in his name to organizations including the Make a Wish Foundation, the American Cancer Society and Guide Dogs for the Blind, among many others, according to his family. In addition, the annually Arroyo High School Car Show, held in Rick DeVecchi’s memory at his alma mater, has raised more than $100,000 for school athletic programs over the years.

Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text us at 408-355-0999 or CLICK HERE to send a confidential email tip, if you know the name of this man or have any information that can help solve this crime.

Por favor llame la línea de Los Fugitivos en 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) o texto en 408-355-0999 o haga clic aquí para enviar un email a [email protected], si usted tiene alguna información que pueda ayudar a resolver este crimen.

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