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New: Driver in KPFA Host Death Sought

Scott Morris (BCN)
Tuesday April 21, 2015 - 09:57:00 PM

Police are still looking for a driver who abandoned a Dodge Charger at the scene of a crash that killed a KPFA radio host early Saturday morning. 

The crash at 2:20 a.m. Saturday killed Wesley Burton, 36, as he was driving a Mercury Sable south on Martin Luther King Jr. Way near 60th Street, police said. 

Meanwhile, the Dodge driver was speeding west on 60th Street. When it emerged onto Martin Luther King, it broadsided Burton's Sable, flipping it into the roadway, police said. 

The Dodge driver ran from the crash scene, abandoning the car there. Burton was trapped in the Sable and despite life-saving measures, he was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. 

Burton was a board operator, producer and host of two shows on Berkeley-based public radio station KPFA. His two shows, Sideshow Radio and After Hours, played hip-hop, R&B, soul and jazz music late at night. 

He was married and the father of three young children. His nephew, 19-year-old Tlaca Hernandez, has raised nearly $22,000 to help support his grieving family through a GoFundMe page. 

Hernandez remembered Burton as a devoted and loving father who cheered enthusiastically for Oakland sports teams and loved to cook barbecue for his friends, family and neighbors. 

The family needs financial support because Burton had no life insurance and their only car was destroyed in the crash, Hernandez said. 

The GoFundMe page is online at 

CrimeStoppers of Oakland is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the hit-and-run driver. Anyone with information about the crash has been asked to call the Oakland police Traffic Investigation Section at (510) 777-8570.