Bicyclist Fatally Struck By Suspected DUI Driver In Oxnard

OXNARD ( — Authorities say a bicyclist was fatally struck in an early morning collision with a vehicle in Oxnard.

The accident happened about 2:09 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Rose Avenue and Raiders Way.

When officers arrived on scene, they found the bicyclist in the roadway.

“The [Volkswagen] GTI fled the scene of the collision with the bicycle still stuck underneath the vehicle,” Oxnard police said in a department statement.

The victim, identified as 43-year-old Gerald Zoleta Garcia, sustained fatal injuries, according to police.

The statement said the suspect vehicle was located a short distance away. The alleged driver was identified by police as 29-year-old Policarpio Diaz of Oxnard.

Authorities said Diaz was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony hit and run, vehicular manslaughter, and two outstanding misdemeanor DUI warrants.

Anyone with more information about this case was asked to call Senior Officer Maria Peña at (805) 385-7750.


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