The instinct to fight or fly can be tough to resist whenever anyone gets into a crisis. When facing the charge of DUI after a crash, one of the worst things to do is to flee the scene. The charge of hit-and-run added to any other DUI charges can only worsen the situation.
The Press-Enterprise reported on its website that is probably what happened when a bicyclist was killed in a DUI hit-and-run crash in Riverside on Sunday.
A spokesperson for the Riverside Police Department said in a news release that dispatchers received several calls just after 10:00 p.m. regarding the hit-and-run crash near the intersection of La Sierra and Indiana Avenues.
Emergency crews and paramedics responded to the scene to find a 48-year-old Riverside man lying on the pavement. First responders rushed him to an area hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.
Despite all attempts by doctors to save the man’s life, he later died as a result of the injuries he suffered in the crash.
Police investigators believe that the bicyclist had been heading northbound on Indiana Avenue and crossing the intersection of La Sierra when an eastbound Honda Accord struck him. The male driver did not attempt to stop and fled the scene immediately following the collision.
Eyewitnesses to the incident followed the suspect and reported his location to the police. Riverside Police officers located the suspect vehicle and arrested the 40-year-old driver.
Officers determined that the driver was under the influence of alcohol and arrested him on suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run with injury.
No further information about the suspect was released at the time of the report. The crash is currently under investigation.
Riverside Police officials are asking anyone with any information regarding the crash to call Detective Derouin at (951) 826-8722 or contact them by email at [email protected].