Driver Sought in Santa Ana Crash That Killed Bicyclist

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Santa Ana police sought the public's help identifying the driver who fled after fatally striking a bicyclist in Santa Ana early Monday.

Authorities received a call about a pedestrian down on the roadway in the 300 block of Newhope Street at around 3 a.m., Corporal Brett Nelson said.

Officers arrived to find a man with extensive injuries in the middle of the street along with a heavily damaged bicycle, Nelson said. Orange County Fire Authority personnel responded and tried to save his life before pronouncing him dead at the scene.

The victim's name has not been released, but coroner's officials said he was 52 years old.

Investigators said he was either walking alongside or riding the bike on the road when he was hit.

"Alcohol is believed to have played a role in this collision," Santa Ana police said in a statement.

Police did not have a description of the vehicle involved but said it likely sustained some damage in the front.

The incident happened near Iglesia De La Comunidad.

Authorities provided no further details.

Anyone with information can contact the Police Department at 714-245-8208 or 714-245-8200.

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