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UPDATE: Suspect surrenders in fatal hit and run

Posted: May 27, 2016 8:56 a.m.
Updated: May 27, 2016 7:30 p.m.
Rod Bennett with his bike in a photo taken during the Amgen Tour of California bike race earlier this month. Rod Bennett with his bike in a photo taken during the Amgen Tour of California bike race earlier this month.
Rod Bennett with his bike in a photo taken during the Amgen Tour of California bike race earlier this month.
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The suspect in a hit-and-run collision this week that killed a local cyclist turned himself in to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Friday, California Highway Patrol officials said.

Lucas James Guidroz, 28, of Canyon Country was booked at the Sheriff’s Station at 8 a.m. Friday in connection with a hit-and-run collision Wednesday on Placerita Canyon Road that killed Roderick Bennett, 53, a math and music teacher at Arroyo Seco Junior High School.

Bennett was riding his bicycle on Placerita Canyon Road late Wednesday afternoon when he was hit from the rear by a car, which fled the scene.

The car believed to have been involved in the collision, a 2014 Lexus CT200h, was found in Canyon Country about 3:15 a.m. Friday by CHP officers and sheriff’s deputies, according to the arrest report issued by the CHP.

Guidroz turned himself in at the Sheriff’s Station less than an hour later.

He was booked on a felony count of failing to stop at the scene of a collision causing injury or death. He was transported to the Inmate Reception Center in Los Angeles and was being held on $50,000 bail, according to online jail records.

Guidroz was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

 

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