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Montclair hit-and-run: Woman killed, teen injured

A woman on a bike was killed and a pedestrian was injured by a hit-and-run driver in Montclair Monday morning.
March 10, 2014 1:09:33 PM PDT
A woman on a bike was killed and a pedestrian was injured by a hit-and-run driver in Montclair Monday morning.

Authorities say a vehicle was traveling northbound on Mills Avenue, north of San Bernardino Street, at 8 a.m. at a high rate of speed when it swerved to the right and struck the two victims near the curb line.

The driver fled without stopping to help the victims. A woman, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene. A 14-year-old victim was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center. She has since been released after being treated for minor injuries.

Witnesses told police it appears the suspect was driving 60 mph in a 40 mph zone when he hit the victims in the bike lane. The impact tore off a portion of the fender of the suspect's car.

The male driver was followed closely by an eyewitness. Rebecca Vizcano, a neighbor, says she spoke to the woman who confronted the driver when he eventually pulled over.

"He got out of his car a little down the way, and he was, I guess, checking his car for damage. She told him, 'Hey, you need to go back. You hit somebody.' And he was like, 'I just hit some trash cans. I didn't hit anybody,'" said Vizcano.

Police say the suspect then took off again. By Monday afternoon, the vehicle believed to be involved in the incident was located in the 7600 block of Pepper Street in Rancho Cucamonga. The registered owner of the car was taken into custody on unrelated charges as the investigation continues.

Montclair police say although they believe they have the suspect in custody, he has not been charged for the crime yet. Authorities say they will determine whether or not to charge him after further investigation. They do not believe there are any outstanding suspects at this point.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Montclair Police Department at (909) 621-4771.


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