BARSTOW — A bicyclist who was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle Monday afternoon succumbed to his injuries, authorities said, and the man believed to be responsible remains at large.
The victim, identified as a 40-year-old Barstow man by the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department, was struck near the Deluxe Cleaners store in the 1000 block of East Main Street at approximately 12:53 p.m. Monday.
The Barstow Police Department identified the man as Bennett Warner, a longtime Barstow resident.
Police said it’s believed Warner was struck by a man in an older model pick-up truck, later identified as Raymundo Alberto Rodriguez-Cordova, 22, of Barstow. The incident was reportedly intentional after both men were involved in an argument.
According to police, an investigation revealed that Cordova approached Warner while he was riding his bicycle westbound on Main Street. Cordova exchanged words with Warner and a verbal argument ensued. Further details on what the argument was about weren’t available.
Cordova then followed Warner into the parking lot of Deluxe Cleaners, accelerated his vehicle, and intentionally rammed Warner, forcing him into a parked vehicle, police said.
Cordova then fled from the scene southbound on Muriel Drive. He’s described as a Hispanic man with brown hair and brown eyes, is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. Witnesses describe the vehicle as an black, older model pick-up truck, possibly a 1993 Chevy S10, with red or primer markings on the front. The truck has a Kansas license plate with a license plate number of 180GRS.
Detectives were also able to locate surveillance video depicting portions of the collision and the suspect’s vehicle, which have been released to the public. However, Cordova remains at large as of Tuesday evening.
The incident remains under investigation, and anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Tom Lewis at 760-255-5187. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-782-7463 or online at www.wetip.com.
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