Police search for more evidence in hit and run

Skye Kinkade

As the Mount Shasta Police Department continues to search for evidence that could lead to the conviction of the person who hit Gabe Cashman on McCloud Avenue last month, the 25 year old is “recovering remarkably well,” said his father, John.

Gabe is now walking 50 steps a day and is “on the fast track to recovery,” despite acute pain from several fractured ribs, John said.

Gabe Cashman was walking home Feb. 23 when he was struck by a passing vehicle near the 500 block of McCloud Avenue at about 12:30 a.m. The driver of the vehicle left the scene with Gabe lying in the roadway unconscious, “fighting for his life,” said MSPD chief Parish Cross. A passing motorist saw Gabe and alerted emergency personnel.

Gabe was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center Redding where he was in ICU for several days. He’s now home recovering from his many injuries, which include a broken leg, two broken vertebra, several broken ribs, a punctured lung and second and third degree abrasions on his chest and legs.

“The MSPD has identified the vehicle that struck Gabe, a white 1997 full sized Dodge Ram pickup,” said Cross. “The owner of the vehicle, Dennis Greenman, age 42 of Grenada, was arrested, but denies any knowledge or involvement with the incident. The police department has information that the suspect was in Mount Shasta that night, but needs proof to proceed with a successful prosecution.”

Friends and family of Gabe will be meeting to canvass the area above Adams Drive off of McCloud Avenue with flyers asking for someone to come forward with information. They have planned an effort for this Saturday, March 30, between 2 and 4 p.m.

John said they’re looking for volunteers who might help them with the canvassing, and those who are interested can email zulu53@att.net for more information.

“We are amazed at the overwhelming support we’ve received from the Mount Shasta community,” said John. Those who might like to help with Gabe’s many medical expenses can donate to any Tri Counties Bank branch. Checks must be made out to Patricia Cashman (Gabe’s mother).

Anonymity is assured

Cross said the suspect in the case may have stopped to check for damage to the vehicle after the collision with Gabe or to purchase gas.

“We really need someone to come forward that might know why the suspect was in the area that night,” said MSPD Sgt. Joe Restine. “We can guarantee anonymity for anyone who chooses to help with this case... you will not have to testify and we will keep your identity in strictest confidence.”

Greenman was arrested March 5 and charged with felony hit and run causing injury, violation of probation and resisting/delaying the duties of a police officer. He made $15,000 bail the next morning and was released from custody, according to Siskiyou County court records.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Mount Shasta Police Department at 530-926-7540.