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Police discover car involved in hit-and-run

February 25, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
San Bernardino Police believe they've found the car that hit two teenage boys riding a bicycle together, killing 19-year-old Thomas Joseph Meeks and critically injuring his 15-year-old stepbrother Friday, Feb. 19.Motorcycle officers canvassing a neighborhood in the north end of the city Wednesday discovered a white 1991 four-door Toyota Camry parked at 38th and Genevieve Streets. Officers say it fits the description of the vehicle involved in the fatal hit-and-run.

The car had front-end damage, its windshield had been replaced, and the front bumper had been painted white. San Bernardino Police say evidence at the scene indicates the windshield was replaced on the spot.

The registered owner of the vehicle has told investigators he sold the car about a month ago. Investigators have the name of the new owner, but no address.

The boys were riding double on the bicycle near 40th and Johnson Streets at about 7 p.m. Friday when they were struck by a white car. Investigators believe the suspect's car had been used in a vehicle burglary in a Stater Bros. parking lot on Kendal Drive just three minutes before the collision.

On Wednesday, the car was impounded and investigators have obtained a warrant to search it and dust the car for fingerprints.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Rich Lawhead at (909) 384-5738. The 15-year-old boy is in critical condition at Loma Linda University Medical Center.


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