The California Highway Patrol has released information on a truck believed to be involved in a fatal August hit-and-run accident in Acampo.
Officials initially said Rodney Hinz, 48, was the only one involved in the accident near the intersection of Elliott and Acampo roads. Hinz, who was riding a 1996 Kawasaki motorcycle and was wearing a helmet, died at the scene.
The Aug. 31 crash scattered debris on the road, and the CHP has since determined that Hinz was struck by a light-colored 1973-78 Chevrolet pick-up truck.
The truck has damage near the right rear wheel, including a broken or missing shock mount on the right rear axle and a missing right rear hubcap, according to the CHP.
Hinz's family members have posted more than 500 fliers with information and a truck photo around Lodi and Acampo.
"He enjoyed life," said his brother, Robert Hinz. "He taught me how to ride. … He taught his wife and all his kids."
On the day he died, Rodney Hinz and his family had just finished moving items from property they had sold in Lockeford. Hinz went back to meet a friend, who was going to store one more item for him, said his father, Ben Hinz.
"I never thought that anything like this would take place. There's no way he could have lost control; he's too good of a rider," he said.
Ben Hinz still remembers the exact day his brother died in 1931, after he was struck by a car while riding a motorcycle.
His son's crash, and the fact that it was a hit-and-run, stunned him.
The California Highway Patrol is looking for a truck similar to this 1978 Chevrolet pick-up believed to be involved in an Aug. 31 hit-and-run accident that killed Acampo motorcyclist Rodney Hinz. (Courtesy photo)
"It's so inexcusable. I can understand accidents, but not this," he said.
Rodney Hinz left behind his wife of 26 years, Glenna, three daughters, two brothers and his father.
The week he was killed, Rodney and Robert Hinz had been planning a motorcycle trip to Southern California, where they would camp for several days with other motoryclists. Robert Hinz had ridden 1,200 miles from the midwest to meet up with his brother.
"I came out here to go on a ride with him. We put him in the ground the day we were supposed to be on our ride," Robert Hinz said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the California Highway patrol at 943-8600.