2 Bicyclists Hit by Car Newport Boulevard Newport Beach
COSTA MESA, California (July 15, 2017) — Bicyclist Jose Vasquez-Perez, 41, of Costa Mesa was killed and another bicyclist was injured early Saturday morning when they were struck by a hit-and-run driver on Newport Boulevard, near Industrial Way, according to the Newport Beach Police Department.
The crash was reported about 1:19 a.m. this morning in the northbound lanes of the roadway. The 23-year-old driver identified as Taylor Evans was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving resulting in bodily injury and vehicular manslaughter shortly after he attempted to flee the scene of the crash. He was located a few blocks from the crash site near 16th Street. The suspect had attempted to push his damaged vehicle out of the roadway.
The injured bicycle rider was transported to a hospital with undisclosed injuries.
The crash remains under investigation by police.
According to bikinginla.com, the fatal bicycle accident is the 31st bicycling fatality in Southern California in 2017 and the fifth in Orange County. Also, since 2010, there have been 13 fatal bicycle accidents including this one.
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