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Suspect in Fatal Hit and Run Death of Santa Rosa Woman Arrested

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A man suspected of killing a woman with his car last week in Santa Rosa was arrested Tuesday in Sacramento.

Clifford Adams, 53, of Santa Rosa, was arrested by Sacramento police at 5pm in the 5000 block of Walnut Avenue in northeast Sacramento on outstanding warrants for homicide and attempted homicide. 

Adams was wanted in connection with the March 23 death of 43-year-old Kellie Jones of Santa Rosa. That night, police and firefighters responded to a 9:48pm call of a vehicle crash that followed an argument in the area of Roberts Avenue and Sebastopol Road. 

When officers arrived, they found a woman—later identified as Jones—underneath a vehicle that had run over her and a tent on the east side of Roberts Avenue. Santa Rosa firefighters worked to remove her from under the vehicle, but she died at the scene.

Witnesses told police that two men had been involved in an argument and one of them—later identified as Adams—got into a vehicle and drove south on Roberts Avenue, before crossing over the eastbound lanes and into Jones, who was in front of a tent. 

An investigation identified Adams as the suspect and on March 29 authorities issued the arrest warrants. 

Adams was booked into the Sacramento County Jail and will eventually be transported back to Sonoma County and booked into the Sonoma County Jail.

Sonoma County Acts of Kindness, a nonprofit which supports members of the county’s unhoused population, has launched a GoFundMe campaign to support Jones’ family.