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Police identify hit-and-run driver in fatal Anaheim bicycle crash

October 31, 2013|By Adolfo Flores

Anaheim investigators said they have identified a driver they suspect struck a 19-year-old bicyclist in a fatal hit-and-run earlier this week.

The driver has not been arrested or charged, said Lt. Bob Dunn of the Anaheim Police Department, in a statement.

"Additional investigation, including the examination of evidence and the collision scene, will be necessary to determine if investigators will be seeking charges," Dunn said.

Manuel Morales Rodriguez, 19, of Fullerton, was hit by at least two cars about 5:40 a.m. Wednesday on Orangethorpe Avenue, east of Lemon Street.

The first car sped off; the driver of the second - who apparently did not see the man's body in the roadway - stopped and called authorities, Dunn said.

When officers arrived the bicyclist was pinned underneath a green Nissan Sentra in traffic lanes. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

The driver of the second car cooperated with Anaheim police and was not cited. Officers said they are seeking witnesses to the collision.

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