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Man charged in Ramona hit-and-run crash will go to trial

Posted at 6:24 PM, Dec 12, 2019

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The man accused of driving into a bicyclist and taking off will have to face a jury.

The Oct. 2 crash on State route 67 in Ramona left the victim, Michelle Scott, on life support.

Police say the man behind the wheel was Chase Richards, who allegedly kept driving for two miles with the bike lodged in his car. Prosecutors say he dismantled and disguised parts of his car to conceal the evidence.

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The victim's husband says seeing the evidence in court is actually helping him cope.

"Now that I've seen the vehicle and the bicycle that was struck I can more easily identify with how traumatic or violent the accident was," said Don Scott. "Her condition has not really improved greatly in any way. However, its very, very small changes and we’re continuing to be hopeful and provide the best care that we can."

Richards faces up to nine years in prison if convicted. His trial is set to begin in January 2020.