Wife Discovers Husband Was Killed in Hit-and-Run Upon Approaching Scene in Aliso Viejo; Suspect Arrested

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Rogelio Martinez Cuin, 38, is seen in a photo released by the Orange County Sheriff's Department on Jan. 30, 2019.

Rogelio Martinez Cuin, 38, is seen in a photo released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department on Jan. 30, 2019.

A suspected hit-and-run driver has been arrested after a woman discovered her husband was killed in the Aliso Viejo crash upon driving up to the scene Wednesday morning, sheriff’s officials said.

Rogelio Martinez Cuin, 38, was taken into custody after authorities responded to the crash site near Woods Canyon Drive and Westridge Drive about 6:40 a.m. and discovered a victim in his 50s, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

The victim, 51-year-old Michael David Tomlinson, was on his morning bike ride when he was struck by Cuin, sheriff’s officials said. Tomlinson was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The suspected driver and a vehicle believed to be involved in the crash were found a short distance from the scene, officials said just after 8:30 a.m. O.C. Sheriff’s Department Spokeswoman Carrie Braun said the vehicle was less than a mile away and the suspect was found on a nearby trail.

Cuin, a resident of Lake Forest, is now being held at Orange County Jail on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter, officials said.

Braun said the victim’s wife had discovered he was involved in the early morning crash after first seeing and approaching the scene. Tomlinson was on his morning bike ride.

Officials do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash. No other details have yet been released.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the department at 714-647-7000 as the investigation continues.

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