Traffic officers arrested a suspect in connection with a hit and run incident which resulted in the death of a man who was riding his bicycle home in Ontario, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
On July 31 at 1:10 a.m., officers responded to the area of Mission Boulevard and Baker Avenue after a bystander found the bicyclist on the shoulder and called police. Medical personnel arrived at the scene and pronounced the bicyclist deceased.
It was determined the bicyclist was traveling westbound on Mission and was struck by an unknown vehicle just west of Baker. The formal identification of the victim is pending next-of-kin notification by the County Sheriff Coroner’s Office.
At 2:35 a.m., officers responded to the parking lot of 1320 S. Baker Avenue following a report of a suspicious occupied vehicle. Officers arrived and contacted a solo occupant, who was bleeding from his head and face. The vehicle had major front end damage that was consistent with evidence found at the hit and run scene, police said.
The driver, Julio Tapia, a 31-year-old Ontario man, received minor injuries. He was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and was arrested on charges of felony driving under the influence, hit and run, and gross vehicular manslaughter.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Ontario Police Department at (909) 986-6711 or Officer Brandon Resendez at (909) 408-1805. Information can also be reported anonymously by calling We-Tip at (800) 78-CRIME or online at www.wetip.com.