Cyclist fatally struck by vehicle in Irwindale; suspect arrested – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

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A man was in custody Wednesday on suspicion of fatally striking a bicyclist in Irwindale while eluding police in a stolen vehicle.

The crash was reported around 8:31 p.m. Tuesday near Arrow Highway and Rivergrade Road, near the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, Irwindale Police Department Sgt. Diego Cornejo told City News Service.

After striking the victim, the suspect drove away from the scene, abandoned the vehicle and ran away. Witnesses alerted Irwindale police to the suspect’s location, and officers arrested him shortly thereafter, Cornejo said. Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel arrived at the scene and pronounced the victim dead.

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner identified the bicyclist as Raul Castaneda, 50, of San Gabriel.

According to Cornejo, El Monte Irwindale police informed officers that the suspect allegedly stole a vehicle from a Toyota dealership in El Monte. El Monte police were chasing the suspect as he drove from El Monte to Irwindale, but had called off the pursuit before the suspect fatally struck the bicyclist, Cornejo said.

Cornejo said the suspect had been booked into the West Covina Jail on a homicide charge. His name was not immediately released.

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