California Highway Patrol Arrests Suspect in Hit & Run That Seriously Injured Derek Teel

Feb 24, 2024 at 13:10
by Sarah Moore  

Derek Teel of Dialed Health was struck by a driver while out riding on January 30, 2023 in Lincoln, California. The accomplished cyclist and strength trainer suffered a severely broken pelvis, a broken femur, a tibial spine fracture, a fibula head fracture, a torn colon and a collapsed lung.

This week, California Highway Patrol have arrested a suspect, identified as Abraham Aguirre-Escobar, and taken him into custody for felony Hit and Run charges. Teel thanked everyone who reached out with tips in the past couple of weeks that led to the arrest.

bigquotesLast night I sat down with the investigator and he told me what they did to find this guy and it was nothing short of amazing. These are details I probably can't really talk about moving forward and I know you guys understand at this point, this process becomes something different, and I'll have to be a little less transparent than I am about the rest of my life, but the important thing is justice is going to be served and hopefully this means that there's one less hit and run in the future where a father's left to die on the side of the road with no help. Very grateful for all of you and I know the CHP wanted to thank you guys personally for being involved and for sending in tips and for not sleeping on this because it's been three and a half weeks and they found him. They got him.Derek Teel

California Highway Police Statement:

On February 22, 2024, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) made a significant breakthrough in the investigation of a major injury hit-and-run incident that occurred on January 30, 2024. The suspect, identified as Abraham Aguirre-Escobar, was taken into custody for felony Hit and Run charges related to the tragic crash.

On January 30, 2024, a devastating crash occurred on southbound Crosby Herald Road at Wise Road within Placer County. The crash involved a vehicle which struck a bicyclist in the eastbound lane of Wise Road. As a result of the impact, the bicyclist was ejected from his bike and landed on the roadway. The bicyclist sustained major life threatening injuries and was transported from the scene for treatment.

The suspect vehicle that struck the bicyclist failed to stop and render aid to the severely injured bicyclist and instead fled the scene immediately. The CHP diligently pursued leads and gathered evidence over the past weeks, leading to the identification and subsequent arrest of the suspect. The CHP commends the collaborative efforts of law enforcement agencies, Valley Division Investigate Services, witnesses, and the community in bringing justice to the victim and his family.

The arrest of Aguirre-Escobar serves as a reminder that hit-and-run incidents will not go unpunished. The suspect is scheduled to appear in court to face the felony Hit and Run charge. The CHP urges anyone with additional information related to this case to come forward and assist in the ongoing investigation. Our thoughts remain with the Teel family during this trying time. The CHP remains committed to ensuring the safety of our roadways and holding accountable those who violate the law.

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  • 127 0
 dereks a friend of my wifes. great dude. big time family man. glad they caught the guy. derek is a tank and is already back in the gym on the road to recovery.
  • 19 0
 Seriously a good dude! So many good people have to pay the ultimate price & thank the lord he was so lucky & #hardertokill
Much love Derek!
  • 8 192
flag Monkeyass (Feb 25, 2024 at 1:18) (Below Threshold)
 Is your wife giving him special help with his recovery?
  • 61 1
 @Monkeyass: name checks out
  • 2 0
 That's fantastic news!!!!
  • 85 0
 I hope he gets serious time in prison for this, what a savage thing to have done to someone
  • 58 3
 If you look into the drivers past, prison is too good for this p.o.s!
  • 54 26
 he is just a poor soul seeking a better life! 5-18 horrible acts shouldn't define who you are!!!!!
  • 32 34
 He needs Jesus.
  • 23 0
 @nateb: And a conscious not to leave a man for dead on the road
  • 41 8
 @nateb: Nahhh, the standard thoughts and prayers should fix him right up. (insert holy eye roll)
  • 27 12
 @nateb: Hail SATAN!!! Hopefully he gets an eternity of pineapples shoved up you know where!!!
  • 12 5
 @nateb: He needs the death penalty. I've had a similar experience getting intentionally hit by a car on my bike
  • 8 1
 @SacAssassin: I can tell you he's not going to have much of a future...
  • 1 1
 @nateb: wtf is that going to do for him? Lock him up and throw away the key.
  • 3 0
 I don't see much difference between this and attempted murder. Same disregard of human life and the same complete lack of morals. Should be the same sentence as attempted murder.
  • 44 0
 People like this driver are seriously pieces of shit. They’re nothing but cowards and will leave people for dead. I live in the Denver metro and hit and runs seem to be a daily occurrence. On a lighter note, get well man and ride again - this type of shit pisses me off.
  • 17 9
 there's an easy fix, but no one wants to do it......sad af
  • 58 1
 @Mtbdialed: protected bike lane infrastructure
  • 15 0
 @RonSauce: this! I spent a year in Netherlands during uni and it was amazing for cycling
  • 5 0
 While I was fortunately uninjured, as well as my bike, I was hit in the god damn crosswalk and the driver took off. I'm sure it was absolutely my fault for riding my mountain bike or something, and not the guy who couldn't bother stopping.
  • 33 64
flag FUbob (Feb 25, 2024 at 1:36) (Below Threshold)
Secure the border at the same time.
  • 33 10
 @FUbob: the lst time I was hit by a car on my bike it was a white kid with 2 lawyers for parents. I have no clue how any border security would effect that.

FACTUALLY speaking every person I know who has been hit by a car on a bike would not have been hit if in there was proper infrastructure.
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flag FUbob (Feb 25, 2024 at 12:21) (Below Threshold)
Sounds like he stopped. Probably had a license and insurance. This country has enough ass-hats to deal with, we don't need to let in more like Abraham Aguirre-Escobar who fled the scene and left Derek to struggle on his own.
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flag cuban-b (Feb 25, 2024 at 12:31) (Below Threshold)
 @FUbob: LOL, the immigrants are taking our jerbs! Dude, Quit complaining, work harder, go back to school, and be competitive for f*cks sake. if you think you’re so tough, grow a pair and be a man once, you beta cuck.
  • 17 22
flag FUbob (Feb 25, 2024 at 12:41) (Below Threshold)
I have no idea what you're on about. I'm comfortably retired and you are dumber than a $2 bill.
  • 3 12
flag cuban-b (Feb 25, 2024 at 12:45) (Below Threshold)
 @FUbob: LOL
  • 21 3
 @FUbob: he tried to flee and was caught.

Rather presumptuous of you, almost...prejudicial.
  • 4 17
flag FUbob (Feb 25, 2024 at 15:09) (Below Threshold)
Maybe not.. you don't know.But just go with your bias.. it's the most comfortable.
  • 3 15
flag cuban-b (Feb 25, 2024 at 15:11) (Below Threshold)
 @RonSauce: that’s what beta cuck pussies do. These people are scum
  • 20 8
Please define "beta cuck" coherently if possible. You toss it a lot but don't even know what it is. You're not repping 12 year olds very well.
  • 14 13
 @FUbob: When woke liberal teens don't have facts to present they turn to name calling. So far @cuban-b has labeled me a racist, a cocaine user, jobless, subhuman scum, and maybe a few other words that I'm obviously too old or not cool enough to understand. The only thing he/she/they has got correct is the a-hole part of name calling.
  • 3 14
flag FUbob (Feb 25, 2024 at 16:20) (Below Threshold)
Commenting on here is pointless.
  • 16 16
 @cuban-b: "just be competitive" against millions of people being allowed in to drive down wages, change demography, and increase violent crime? Ok dude
  • 7 15
flag wburnes (Feb 25, 2024 at 17:15) (Below Threshold)
 @RonSauce: the ability to recognize patterns results in prejudice, and for good reason
  • 2 5
 @RonSauce: This happened in a rural area, next to a bunch of wineries. You want to donate to build a protected bike lane in Cali? CalTrans thanks you for your donation.
  • 9 0
 @SacAssassin: im fine with plenty of my tax dollars being redirected towards protected bike lanes. Im paying plenty to build and maintain streets already, im ok with those projects being more functional for my own interests.

People learning to get used to sharing roads with alternative transportation leads to safer driving in general.
  • 13 7
 @wburnes: your racism is showing, take your bs back to a klan rally. We are talking bikes here.
  • 7 16
flag wburnes (Feb 25, 2024 at 18:24) (Below Threshold)
 @RonSauce: no one is talking bikes here, and nothing I said is racist
  • 9 6
 @wburnes: do you people really believe you aren't racist or do you just think (incorrectly) that everyone is so dumb that they can be gaslit?

I can 100% guarantee I'm not the first person to call you racist, and you should think about that.
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flag wburnes (Feb 26, 2024 at 7:37) (Below Threshold)
 @RonSauce: @RonSauce: "do you people really believe you aren't racist"

No, just that I didn't say anything "racist", which is objectively true.

You yourself, are a racist. Even babies are racist, it's human nature, and I don't think humans are inherently evil, or that this is a problem that needs to be solved.

"or do you just think (incorrectly) that everyone is so dumb that they can be gaslit?"

Most people aren't that dumb, yourself excluded. The word "gaslit" isn't being used correctly here, if you don't know what a word means just look it up lmao

Originally, I thought you were just a midwit, because you know the typical NPC script, but it's clear now that you are much less.

"I can 100% guarantee I'm not the first person to call you racist, and you should think about that."

You're not, and I have thought about it, to an extent you really will never understand. What you don't get, is that that is how I arrived at my views (which you are mentally not capable
of understanding) in the first place, through critical thinking, which will be a novel experience for you someday, if you ever experience it.

Pitiful that you think that you're clever
  • 1 0
 @Mtbdialed: Tell all the alpha-bros, in their mall-crawlers, driving around whilst repressing their affection for my lycra-clad silhouette, that it's okay?
  • 2 1
 @Mtbdialed: Educate people that:

Driving isn't a race, or a conflict, to be won and that not driving like that doesn't make you a beta-cuck pu$$y.

We live in a society with other people and that extending a modicum of human courtesy doesn't make you a beta-cuck pu$$y.

You are participating in an active physics experiment and no matter how many times you watch The Fast & The aren't Dominic Toretto.

You're right...I don't see people doing that.
  • 4 4
 @cuban-b: from what I hear, ar least parts of your country is losing its identity from all the "immigrants". Ignoring it does not make it better.
  • 5 2
 @gmoss: the only thing you are identifiable by is a scared scumbag.
  • 1 4
 @RonSauce: boy, you are eat up with hate aren't you.
  • 5 2
 @gmoss: im not one to leave nazis unchecked. Just be happy this isn't a face to face interaction.
  • 4 4
 @RonSauce: you have no idea what you are talking about. Do some reading. If you cannot engage without name calling, you have already lost the argument. Easy to threaten thru a keyboard. Pitiful.
  • 29 1
 This is why I love mountain biking and don't own a road bike. Once you are on single track, the added risk of of moving vehicles reduces. You are then free to add risk and hazard as you choose!
  • 16 1
 Problem is I don't enjoy wasting my life commuting in a car. About an hour and a half round trip in a car, 2 hours on a bicycle.
  • 21 0
 I've commuted to work by bike for over 20 years, some of the way protected and some on street, and I don't think I would have survived the grind without the bookends of a bike ride on both sides of my day. NOTHING gets you ready or recovered from the stressful BS of work like a ride in the cold & ice, or trying to beat a dark rain cloud, or seeing a gorgeous sunrise/sunset, or countless other experiences so different than the typical office environment.

A lot of people state things that are obviously not, but I gotta believe riding a bike on the road without getting run over does fall into the bucket of "I've got a right to..."
  • 3 0
 come hang out where in the woods there's bobcats, lynx, cougar, bears and deer with pointy shit sticking off their head.
  • 1 0
 @JSTootell: JST is a real one.
  • 2 0
 @plyawn: 100% agree. I try to bike to classes or work every day, barring ice storms and subzero highs. Nothing to destress like a short 4-mile commute, you see things you don't see in a car, and it unironically improves your ability to think by getting the blood flowing. I would love singletrack or rough doubletrack to work, but I'll still take pavement over the bus and lightrail any day.

Something something "life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness," at least down here (not that we have any qualms infringing on the rights of others)
  • 25 0
 Ladies and gentlemen, we got him **(allegedly)**
  • 14 2
 The media seems to have a problem with answering: Who, What, Why, Where, When, How. Sad, we have questions to those question.
  • 15 1
 It's always that way under certain circumstances....
  • 16 9
 Seriously the road is dangerous. Motorcycle rider of 30 years , Where I live many of the foreign drivers are absolutely terrifying to be around . Cars that drive them selves and people not paying attention. And wtf is up with Tesla drivers .

I hope Derek makes a full recovery and the drivers gets what’s coming to them
  • 9 20
flag iamamodel (Feb 24, 2024 at 15:54) (Below Threshold)
 Tesla drivers are the new 'Volvo drivers'.
  • 16 0
 @iamamodel: When I think of a Volvo Driver it's a white XC90 driven by Susan on the way to soccer practice... Not sure who's driving Volvos on the other side of the world though.
  • 17 0
 @howejohn: damn. My friends name is Susan and she has a white xc90. She drives like 5 under the limit at all times
  • 6 14
flag nvranka (Feb 24, 2024 at 20:21) (Below Threshold)
 @husstler: probably sits in the passing lane as well. Gross.
  • 4 0
 @howejohn: Volvo V70 driver right here! The only white Volvo drivers in the UK are the Police
  • 2 5
 @BigAge: so most UK Volvo drivers are POC?
  • 6 0
 @BigAge: helmets, knee pads, chest protectors
  • 14 8
 Holy Jesus, a lot of folks showing their racism here! Folks who see specific patterns in crime and chalk it up to race, not socio-economic status, or access to education and healthcare. Folks whose train of thought clearly got no further than 'blame it on race, and call it a day'. Folks who point to racial statistics in incarceration or employment and then smugly think that the 'elephant in the room' is that racism is justifiable because they don't understand that statistical correlation does NOT equal causation. Some POS committed a heinous crime, his name doesn't matter, his race doesn't matter, his height, age, weight, sexual orientation... it all doesn't matter in the context of just being a POS.
  • 4 7
 That’s easy for a Canadian to say. Live in LA or Chula Vista for a while and then let’s hear it.
  • 1 5
flag Imgonnarideon (Feb 28, 2024 at 6:58) (Below Threshold)
 Clearly you've never lived around large populations of blacks or latino immigrants. My first bike was stolen by a black man at 6 in 1973. A drunk illegal drove 90 MPH through my neigbhorhood in 1975 and destroyed my parents' van. He had no insurance or license and we got nothing. There were my first two experiences. What you're calling racism is simply realism and pattern recognition. When you live among them if you don't learn to recognize patterns you will be victimized. My guess is that you've never lived anywhere like New Orleans or El Paso or many other US cities that are swamped with crime and homelessness right now. It's very easy to lecture us when you don't know the first thing about it. If you choose to label me as this or that for stating the truth, I simply do not care. What I care about is keeping my people safe from incidents like this and many others I've experienced first hand. Good day.
  • 2 1
 @Imgonnarideon: Thanks for perfectly illustrating the kind of race bias I'm talking about. Your pattern recognition goes like this: "I see blacks and latinos doing crime, therefore it's because they're black or latino that they're doing crime"... It's NOT racist to recognize that racial minorities are massively overrepresented in crime statistics, what IS racist is to believe the cause of this is race and not circumstance. Poor people do crime, desperate people do crime, people without education or opportunities do crime, people in bad company do crime. Let me ask you this, does a house fall down because of the color of it's paint? or does a house fall down because it wasn't built properly, or because it has a poor foundation, or because the wrong building materials were used in it's construction??? I wonder how people with your opinions are even able to consider crime in a country like Russia, hardly any racial diversity at all but yet still, there's ample crime, how does your 'pattern recognition, and 'simple realism' explain that? do you have more anecdotes perhaps?
  • 8 0
 I wish him a fast recovery Smile
  • 6 0
 I need to see consequences for this A hole driver. Speedy recovery Derek. Glad that it wasn't worse
  • 1 1
 Our ancestors understood justice, going back at least 1000 years.

In Merry Olde England, hanging was the standard punishment for many violent crimes.

I predict that one day not too far in the future, that cruel and unusual punishments will make a comeback in the (former) USA.
  • 7 1
 @sarahmoore Wrong year in first sentence?
  • 2 0
 I know exactly how this guy is going to feel. I was injured last year at the top of my game, suddenly thrust into the reality of not even being able to ride my bike down the block. It has been this way for almost 5 months and im just now starting consistent miles again. I would never wish that TORTURE on anyone, ever.
  • 12 9
 Don't expect any justice in California, hit n run leaving someone for dead should get a serious spell inside, but it just won't happen in California unfortunately.
  • 5 5
 It will in this case. A Mexican laborer doesn't carry around the same privilege many other folks in CA do unless his family is loaded which I highly doubt in the case.
  • 8 17
flag wburnes (Feb 25, 2024 at 17:20) (Below Threshold)
 @MidwestMountains: being a Mexican laborer, particularly with a White victim, carries more privileges than vice versa
  • 10 4
 @wburnes: well yeah but actually no.
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flag wburnes (Feb 26, 2024 at 7:44) (Below Threshold)
  • 4 0
 This is why I will never do road cycling, too many idiots to look out for. Ill stick to the mountains
  • 1 1
 I know a mountain biker who was hit by a 4x4 vehicle while riding off-road. Roads and vehicles are not problem. Stupid, distracted drivers are the problem.
  • 1 0
 The community really rallied behind the Teel family. It was a real life example of what being a positive and genuine person does for those around you. Derek has helped so many people in one way or another it was incredible to see so many show up in one place to support him and his family.
  • 7 3
 Heeling Vibes to you. Hope justice gets severed on this guy.
  • 2 1
 Severed? I like the way youre thinking about his future
  • 3 0
 After getting hit a few times myself by cars/highly entitled drivers, I hope this guy gets raped in jail for life.
  • 3 3
 Better executed. We shouldn't pay to keep him alive
  • 4 0
 There’s a special place in hell for hit-n-run drivers.
  • 2 0
 Great news that the driver was caught and Derek is on the mend. Heal up fast and well!
  • 5 3
 People like Escobar need to executed. There's no point in wasting oxygen or tax dollars on a parasite like him.
  • 3 2
 Something tells me that the driver wasn't legal.....
  • 1 2
 Or American, paperwork or not.
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