The California Highway Patrol arrested 33 year old Sundara Joy Wertz of Soquel for the hit-and-run crash that killed cyclist Noel Hamilton after a six week investigation.
Noel Hamilton was riding uphill on Soquel-San Jose Road near Oneill Lane in Santa Cruz County when he was hit from behind and killed on June 27, 2011. The driver of the white Infiniti SUV who hit Hamilton continued driving. Wertz’s parents showed up at the scene of the death, and the parents encouraged Wertz to surrender herself to authorities later that evening.
Wertz was arrested today for felony hit-and-run and misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.
I rode right past the scene of Hamilton’s death this afternoon and thought of him as I passed Oneill Lane. Soquel High School is located at this intersection, with bike lanes, street lighting and brightly painted crosswalks here to enhance pedestrian and cyclist safety on the road.
More in the Santa Cruz Sentinel: Woman arrested in Soquel-San Jose bicycle hit-and-run.
A little further afield, police in the Los Angeles community of Canoga Park, CA arrested a father and daughter for the April 2011 death of teen cyclist German Alex Romero. Romero, who was a senior at Chatsworth High School, was hit from behind by a Toyota Corolla allegedly driven by 23 year old Dominique Rush of Oxnard, CA. In contrast to the actions of Wertz’s parents, Rush’s father Steven Rush, 44, of Porter Ranch worked to conceal his daughter’s guilt. He was arrested for helping his daughter conceal her crime. Update: Biking In LA has more on this.