May 14, 2012 10:01 PM by Nikki Ibarra

CHP look at possible fatal hit and run, car fire connection

A car fire in south Santa Maria have investigators looking at whether or not it could be connected to Sunday's fatal hit and run in Nipomo.

A witness said a blue Chevy Corvette hit and killed a man walking across the off-ramp of Highway 101 North at the 166 East exit. And Monday morning in Santa Maria, police responded to a call about a fully engulfed car.

It happened on Foxen Canyon Road near Dominion in Santa Maria. The California Highway Patrol is working with the Santa Barbara County Fire for a cause.

The CHP isn't ruling anything out, but it's still too early to tell if the torched car is the blue Chevy Corvette they have been looking for.

Police are still looking for the driver of that 2005-2006 Corvette. Police said there's a good possibility the person driving the Corvette lives in the Nipomo area, since they headed north on Thompson Avenue after leaving the scene.

KSBY did get a call from a viewer who said she's used to seeing that car on Thompson, but we can't confirm if it was the same car.

Police are hoping the community will come forward with any information. "The community, a lot of times is one of our best resources out there, and the media getting it out, and a lot of times the smallest lead has led us to a successful conclusion to the case. And that's what we're counting on this time," said Sergeant Daniel Barba of the Santa Maria CHP.

The CHP told KSBY the car in Monday's car fire was so badly burned, they don't even know what kind of car it is, but, they said, they'll be able to identify it in about one to two days.

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