Suspect in Ramona hit-and-run arrested

RAMONA, Calif. -- California Highway Patrol on Tuesday arrested a suspect following a hit-and-run in Ramona that injured a cyclist nearly a week ago.

The victim, a 53-year-old woman, was pedaling northbound on the right shoulder of state Route 67 around 6:15 a.m. last Wednesday when an SUV drifted to the right and struck her, according to the CHP.

The cyclist, who was thrown onto the roadway, was airlifted to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and remains hospitalized, CHP Officer Jeff Christy said.

The SUV driver continued northbound in the vehicle, described as a 2019 Ford Edge, and it was last seen heading southbound on San Vicente Road near Hanson Lane.

"A citizens' supplied tip led CHP investigators to locate the possible location of the suspect vehicle," Christy said. "CHP investigators were able to observe a vehicle matching the vehicle description that exhibited damage consistent with the events surrounding the collision."

CHP officers from the El Cajon area took 34-year-old Chase E. Richard into custody Tuesday afternoon in the 16000 block of Swartz Canyon Road in Ramona. The Ramona resident will be booked into the San Diego County Jail with charges pending.

Investigators found the suspect vehicle partially hidden in a garage at a residence in the San Diego Country Estates neighborhood, located in the southeast portion of Ramona, and seized the vehicle Monday after obtaining a warrant, Christy said.

CHP continues to investigate the incident.

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