Oakland police seek leads in hit-and-run death of KGB Kiteboarding owner Royce Vaughn

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Oakland PD homicide investigators are looking for leads and witnesses in the tragic death of KGB Kiteboarding owner Royce Vaughn reported last Saturday. The 47-year-old, 6-foot-4, 220 pound married man was intentionally struck near his home in West Oakland after leaving an unspecified bar or restaurant. His unconscious body was found at 11:10 p.m. Friday in the 800 block of 28th Street between San Pablo Avenue and West Street where he was pronounced dead. Police have no motive.

Police say the vehicle involved is a 2013 Toyota SUV, white in color, model FJ Cruiser.

OPD Press Release – The Oakland Police Department Criminal Investigations Division (CID) requests assistance from the media and the community regarding an auto-pedestrian collision that occurred on Friday, May 29, 2015 just after 11:00 PM in the 800 block of 28th Street in Oakland.

Investigators have released this photo of victim Royce Vaughn, 47, of Oakland. They believe that prior to his death, Vaughn was a patron of a local business establishment such as a bar or restaurant, and are asking anyone who may have seen him that night to contact CID at 510-238-7950. Any information provided may help clarify what took place that night.

Vaughn is described a male Caucasian, 47 years old, 6’4”, 220 pounds, with brown eyes and dark curly hair. He was wearing a blue and white plaid shirt and gray jeans. The attached photo shows Vaughn at an earlier date; more recently, his hair was worn long and curly on top and shaved short on the sides, with some gray. He is described outgoing and could be loud on occasion.

Police say the vehicle involved is described as a 2013 Toyota SUV, white in color, model FJ Cruiser.

BACKGROUND: On Friday, May 29, 2015, just after 11:00 PM, while in the 800 block of 28th Street, Vaughn was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene. When OPD officers arrived on scene, they found him on the street, unresponsive. Medical personnel pronounced him deceased.

Crime Stoppers of Oakland is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Oakland Police Department OPD Criminal Investigation Division at (510) 238-7950 or Crime Stoppers of Oakland TIP LINE (510) 777-8572.

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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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