HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — A teenage driver was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of intentionally hitting three cyclists, killing one, in a Southern California beach town last weekend, police said.
In the first hit-and-run collision, a bicyclist said a black Toyota hit him around 10:30 Sunday night in Huntington Beach, leaving him with minor injuries, said Jessica Cuchilla, a police spokeswoman.
Another cyclist reported being violently struck by a black Toyota about 15 minutes later, just after the first collision, police said. And 15 minutes later, a black Toyota sedan struck Steven Gonzales, 70, who was alive when paramedics arrived but died at the scene.
On Tuesday, officers discovered the suspect’s vehicle in Huntington Beach, leading them to identify the teen as a suspect, Cuchilla said. The teen, who has not been identified, was arrested around 9 p.m. His age was not specified.
Investigators believe the accidents were all intentional. Police have not revealed a possible motive.
The boy remained in custody Wednesday at Orange County Juvenile Hall, the Orange County Register reported.