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Victim Identified in Hit-and-Run That Killed Huntington Beach Cyclist

An alleged DUI driver was arrested after a bicyclist was struck and killed in a hit-and-run collision in Huntington Beach late Wednesday, according to police.

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A driver was arrested in Huntington Beach after a bicyclist was struck and killed. (Credit: Southern Counties News)

The collision occurred just before 11 p.m. near the intersection of Edwards Avenue and Ellis Street (map), Huntington Beach Police Department Sgt. Julio Mendez said.

A 2012 Toyota Camry and the bicyclist were both headed southbound when the bicyclist was struck by the sedan, police said.

The cyclist, who had been riding in a bike lane, was left in the roadway, according to police.

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Matthew Liechty, 37, of Huntington Beach, was killed while riding his bike on Feb. 18, 2014. (Credit: DMV)

Matthew Liechty, 37, was pronounced dead at the scene. Liechty was a former employee of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, according to the O.C. Register.

Responding officers were told by a witness that the vehicle had fled the scene. The car’s front tire was found in the street.

About a mile away, officers tracked down a car with damage consistent with a recent collision. They arrested the driver, identified as 29-year-old Antonio Magdaleno Jr. of Oxnard.

He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and felony hit-and-run leading to death, according to Mendez.

Magdaleno was uninjured, police said.

Anyone with information was asked to call police Accident Investigator Tai Huynh at 714-536-5670 or Accident Investigator Robert Barr at 714-536-5666.

During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 714-960-8825. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 855-847-6227. Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637, beginning the message with “OCCS.”

KTLA’s Melissa Pamer and Crystal Garcia contributed to this report.

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