Fresno, Calif. - The California Highway Patrol and family of Lewis Penner needs your help to solve the mystery behind a deadly crash that happened in June.
Investigators say Lewis Penner of Madera and his 12-year-old daughter were riding in his custom 1928 Ford Roadster when someone cut them off and caused them to crash at the westbound connector of 168 and 180 in Fresno. Without seat belts on board Penner was ejected and died, his daughter was hospitalized.
Investigators need help identifying the suspect vehicle involved in the crash.
Things will never be the same in the service center at the Mercedez-Benz of Fresno. Lewis Penner (perhaps the most talented mechanic in the garage) is gone. His work station is empty.
"He was on my team and he was always the lean on guy," said Penner's coworker and friend Daryll Dorman.
In the streets, Penner was known for his custom 1928 Ford Roadster, he built it himself. on June 23rd he was driving the car westbound on 168 with his 12-year-old daughter when someone cut them off causing a crash at the 168 180 connector. With no seat belts on board Penner was ejected and died. His daughter was hospitalized. The custom car now sits damaged and Penner's family and friends are begging for witnesses to come forward to help investigators.
"I just hope someone did see something and is able to say something," said Dorman.
The crash happened just before 7 p.m. and Scott Penner says he knows someone recognizes his dad's car.
"High traffic you know someone saw something. Someone saw exactly what happened and they know what happened and who is responsible," said Scott Penner.
Lewis Penner's family hopes the driver who cut him off will see this story and take responsibility.
"Come forward not just for my father's sake, but for your own sake to get that off your chest. You don't need to live with that your whole life," said Scott Penner.
If you have any information about this crash you are asked to call the Fresno area California Highway Patrol, or you can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.