The California Highway Patrol has awarded special certificates of appreciation to two men who apprehended a suspect fleeing the scene of a fatal hit-and-run accident in Malibu.
At a ceremony at the CHP's Malibu station on Friday, Ernest Weiskerger of Thousand Oaks and Richard Townsend of Ridgecrest were cited by CHP Commissioner Maury Hannigan for their "prompt action" last July in apprehending a man later convicted of manslaughter in the death of Malibu resident Tracy Clarke.
"It is encouraging to all law enforcement officers to know that there are citizens like Mr. Weiskerger and Mr. Townsend who are willing to become involved," the CHP said in a statement. "Their actions were a great service to the community and were instrumental in bringing (suspect Danilo) Herrera to justice."
Weiskerger, 27, and Townsend, 20, were driving down Pacific Coast Highway about 8 a.m. on July 29, 1990, when they noticed a car parked by the side of the road with a bicycle wedged underneath it, according to Officer Scott MacGregor, a spokesman for the CHP. After driving farther and reaching the scene where Clarke had been struck by a car while bicycling, the two men sped back to the disabled car and apprehended Herrera.