Bail reduction sought in fatal I-80 hit-and-run case

Memorial service this Sunday for tow-truck driver killed near Auburn
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - Court records show that a Newcastle man charged with hit-and-run and manslaughter in the death of a Citrus Heights tow-truck operator will be seeking a bail reduction at his next court appearance May 10. Dave Robinson Jr., 30, was killed on westbound Interstate 80 near Auburn on the afternoon of March 20. He had stopped on the side of the road and witnesses saw a silver Honda strike him as he stood outside the tow-truck door. The driver didn’t stop. Arrested in the death after a search turned up the damaged car covered in a tarp in a Foresthill front yard five days later, Christopher Keller, 25, is being held in Placer County Jail, with bail set at $210,000. A bail hearing is slated for his next appearance in Placer County Superior Court on May 10. A memorial service for Dave Robinson Jr. is being held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Roseville’s All American Speedway, 800 All America City Blvd. A procession of tow trucks will be lining up at Golden State Towing, 2751 Land Ave., in Sacramento starting at 10 a.m. The procession will start moving at 12:30 p.m. Participants are asked to e-mail to help provide an accurate count for the procession. A potluck is planned after the service. Two other high-profile cases proceeding through the court system have court dates scheduled in the coming weeks: - Patricia Lee Howell, charged with murder in the Auburn drowning death 42 years ago of her 4-year-old daughter, Cindy Howell, is slated for an early status conference in North Auburn April 24. Howell, 66, was placed on home release Feb. 28 after spending several weeks in jail following her January arrest at her home in Grass Valley. - A Roseville man charged with murdering three people in Loomis is due for another court appearance May 8 in North Auburn. Jeremy Ray Baker, 36, is charged with the May 28 shooting deaths of Nanette Florance, a Loomis resident with Parkinson’s disease, John Camara, 46, and Lawrence Fay, 49. The three were shot at a Rachel Lane residence and Baker was arrested two days later. Held without bail in jail, Baker is also charged with possession of a gun silencer.