29th November 2020

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Suspect in California hit-and-run returned from Australia

A woman suspected in a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist in Southern California three years ago has been returned to the U.S. to face trial after her arrest in Australia.

Authorities say Andrea Dorothy Chan Reyes fled the country after hitting Agustin Rodriguez Jr. with her Lexus in 2017. The car dragged the 46-year-old bicyclist several hundred feet, according to investigators. He died at the scene in Whittier, east of Los Angeles.

Chan Reyes arrived at Van Nuys Airport on Thursday and was booked into jail, Whittier police Sgt. Sam Reed said. She faces charges including felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter, the Whittier Daily News reported. She could get more than 11 years in state prison if convicted.

It wasn’t known Friday whether she has an attorney who could speak on her behalf.

An anonymous tipster told police that a co-worker, who drove a white Lexus, was late to work on the day of the collision, according to court records. Investigators eventually determined Chan Reyes owned the car, which was taken to a repair shop a day after the hit-and-run. She allegedly told the shop she hit a deer, the newspaper said.

Chan Reyes spent time in Hong Kong and was arrested in Adelaide, Australia, in April 2018. She fought extradition to the U.S., but lost.




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