Saturday, August 15, 2009

Presumed Hit-and-Run Driver Arrested

Phoenix Police arrested 23-year-old Timothy Kissida, suspected of being the hit-and-run driver who killed 52-year-old cyclist Charles Waldrop on Cave Creek Road in Phoenix last Saturday (see entry below) after Kissida attempted to trade in his damaged BMW at a local car dealer under the Cash for Clunkers program. Kissler reportedly claimed that the damage to his car was caused when he hit a javelina. -- Jack Quinn

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Phoenix Cyclist Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver

Phoenix Police report that a 52-year-old male cyclist was killed Friday just after midnight in the southbound bicycle lane of Cave Creek Road just north of Mountain Gate Pass while riding home from work. Police have not released the identity of the cyclist pending notification of next of kin.

According to Phoenix Police spokesman Tommy Thompson, the cyclist was riding legally in the bicycle lane with a headlight and a flashing red taillight when a sliver. late-model, four-door BMW with tinted windows swerved into the bicycle lane and fatally struck the cyclist. The driver of the BMW then fled the scene.

According to witnesses, the car had been weaving and speeding prior to striking the cyclist.

Police do not have the license plate number of the BMW, but witnesses say that the car had an Arizona plate and that the car suffered extensive damage to the right front bumper area and to the windshield on the passenger side. Police found the car's right clearance marker lamp and fog lamp at the scene.

Jack Quinn