A Hemet motorist drove through a red light, collided with a motorcyclist in a Moreno Valley intersection and tried to flee from the fatal crash but was captured by witnesses, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department officials said.
Just after 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, deputies found the rider of a Kawasaki Ninja 650 motorcycle down in the roadway at Perris Boulevard and Filaree Avenue without a pulse, after a collision with a Nissan Altima, authorities said.
The motorcyclist, whose identity had not been publicly released yet, died at the scene.
The Nissan’s driver, Byron Alexander Cifuentes Saucedo, 23, was found uninjured near the scene and arrested on suspicion of felony vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run, authorities said.
Investigators believe Saucedo was driving east on Filaree and his car was struck by the motorcycle.
Several bystanders had seen Saucedo try to flee on foot into a nearby neighborhood, but he was physically restrained by good Samaritans until deputies arrived, the Sheriff’s Department said.
Alcohol and drugs were believed to have factored into the crash, officials said.