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Man arrested, vehicle seized in Ramona hit-and-run crash

Posted at 11:41 AM, Oct 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-08 20:18:47-04

RAMONA, Calif. (KGTV) - A suspect was taken into custody following a hit-and-run crash that injured a bicyclist in Ramona in early October.

Chase Richard, 32, was arrested on the 16000 block of Swartz Canyon Road in Ramona Tuesday.

According to California Highway Patrol, Richard is a Ramona resident.

Earlier in the week, authorities said they found the vehicle that injured the cyclist.

The bicyclist, Michelle Scott, was seriously injured the morning of Oct. 2. on State Route 67 near Dye Road. The vehicle involved was a black 2019 Ford Edge, according to the CHP.

Witnesses provided information which led investigators to the possible location of the vehicle involved in the crash. Officers saw the vehicle with damage consistent with the hit-and-run collision.

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“The vehicle was observed parked and partially hidden in the garage of a private residence in the San Diego Country Estates,” Ofc. Jeff Christy said in a news release.

Monday, CHP investigators served a warrant at the home and seized the vehicle as evidence.

Although a tip provided investigators with a license plate number, they later learned the plates had been stolen.

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Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call the CHP at at 619-401-2000.

Scott's family established a GoFundMe account on her behalf.