MENDOCINO Co., 11/28/19 — Two arrest warrants have been issued for suspects in the death of Calum Hunnicutt, the 21 year old Mendocino man who was killed in a hit and run while skateboarding in the town in Mendocino on July 17, and at least one person is in custody as of yesterday. However, the other suspect in the case, the alleged driver Gina Rae Bean, may still be at large, according to a 6 a.m. news release from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), in which investigators requested that anyone with information as to her whereabouts contact law enforcement.
Hunnicutt was a much beloved Mendocino resident, and the circumstances surrounding his hit and run death, followed by a lengthy investigation, have led to rallies outside the Ukiah courthouse, and rumors of conspiracy. According to the CHP press release, after a “vigorous and thorough investigation” by CHP and subsequent turning over of the case to the Mendocino District Attorney’s office, two warrants were issued on November 27, and one arrest made that afternoon.
Ricky Faustino Santos was arrested without incident in the town of Mendocino, at the address listed as the Chevron, yesterday just before 3:30 p.m. and was booked by 6 p.m. Santos was charged, according to the CHP, as a “co-conspirator” in the case, with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office listing the charge as “harbors, conceals, or aids a principal wanted in a felony.” He was booked in lieu of $15,000 bail. However, as of 11:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving, the suspected driver, listed as Gina Bean but also known a Gina Del Fiorentino, had not been booked, and the CHP news release states, “If any information is known of the current whereabouts of Gina Bean, contact your local law enforcement agency or the Ukiah CHP Office at 707–467-4000.”
Hunnicutt’s mother, Crystal Pulido, who spoke with The Mendocino Voice during a rally outside the Ukiah courthouse on August 29, passed away recently. His death has also led to the creation of a Facebook group, “Justice for Calum,” with over 1,000 members, which often features posts from family and friends sharing beloved memories.
Here’s the full announcement from the California Highway Patrol, with the PDF embedded below.
FACTUAL CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING ARREST OR INCIDENT: After a vigorous and thorough investigation from the California Highway Patrol a case was submitted to the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office regarding a hit and run on SR-1 at Little Lake Road resulting in the death of Caluim Pulido. As a result of the case filed by the California Highway Patrol, two arrest warrants issued on 11/27/19, at approximately 1325 hours. One warrant was issued for the driver in the collision, Gina Rae Bean, and the other warrant was issued for Ricky Santos, who was discovered to be a co-conspirator. CHP Sergeant Margaris, CHP Officers Haury, CHP Officer Doss, and Sergeant Lima of the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office responded to the address of Gina’s father in Fort Bragg, where she was not located. After speaking with her father, Officers Haury and Doss responded to Mendocino, located Ricky Santos, and placed him under arrest at approximately 1524 hours. Santos was ultimately transported to Mendocino County Jail and booked. If any information is known of the current whereabouts of Gina Bean, contact your local law enforcement agency or the Ukiah CHP Office at 707–467-4000.CHP press release from 11/28/19.