Suspect Turns Himself in Days After Santa Clarita Hit-and-Run Leaves Beloved Teacher Dead

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Rodrick Bennett appears in a photo on his Facebook page from Sept. 25, 2010. The Arroyo Seco Junior High Teacher was killed in a Santa Clarita hit-and-run crash on May 25, 2016.

A suspect turned himself in early Friday morning in connection with a hit-and-run collision that killed a teacher who was cycling in Santa Clarita earlier this week, authorities said.

The vehicle involved in the fatal crash was located in Valencia about 3:15 a.m., and Lucas James Guizorz surrendered to authorities shortly afterward, according to Officer Josh Greengard of the California Highway Patrol.

Investigators questioned Guizorz at the sheriff’s Santa Clarita station, and he was subsequently arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run involving death or injury, the CHP said.

The victim was riding a bicycle about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Placerita Canyon Road and Sierra Highway when he was struck by a dark gray station wagon, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The bicyclist was later identified by the William S. Hart Union High School District as Roderick T. Bennett, 53, a math and music teacher at Valencia’s Arroyo Seco Junior High School.

Bennett was a beloved figure at the school, where students on Thursday were “having a tough time with this,” said David Caldwell, a district spokesman.

Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call the CHP’s Newhall office at 661-294-5540.

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