Bicyclist hit, dragged to her death in Visalia, police say


VISALIA, California (KSEE/KGPE) – A bicyclist was killed after police say she was struck by a car, then ran over by the same driver Wednesday afternoon.

At around 1:30 p.m., Visalia Police say Manuel Mesa, 40, was driving southbound on Court Street when he struck a woman, 61, on a bike.

She was eastbound on the Modoc Ditch Bike Trail and police say she didn’t stop for traffic while crossing the street.

Mesa reportedly stopped, but didn’t attempt to help her. Instead, he allegedly fled the scene and ran her over, dragging her nearly 200 yards, police say.

She was transported to the hospital and pronounced deceased.

Officers found Mesa and his car a short distance away. Witnesses positively identified him as the suspect.

Alcohol is a considered factor in this collision. Mesa was arrested and booked on suspicion of DUI causing great bodily injury/death, hit-and-run, and homicide.

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