BPD find, arrest man accused of hitting bicyclist, driving away

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Police said a bicyclist was hit by a truck that drove away Monday night.

Officers of the Bakersfield Police Department responded to a report of an injury hit and run accident at Hageman Road and Drake Passage Way.

Police said an adult bicyclist was riding west on Hageman Road in the bicycle lane at about 8:54 p.m. when Jonathan Smith, 30, of Bakersfield was driving his vehicle west on Hageman Road.

Smith’s vehicle, a 2000 model GMC Sierra Truck, drifted into the bicycle lane and struck the bicyclist, officials said.

Smith fled the scene in his vehicle west on Hageman Road, officials said.

At about 11:30 p.m., officers found Smith and his vehicle at a residence in the 12200 block of El Captain Way.

Smith was arrested and charged with hit and run with injury, driving on a suspended driver’s license, and having no insurance.

Smith later resisted officers while being booked into the Kern County Jail and he was subsequently charged with an additional crime of resisting/obstructing a police officer, officials said.

The bicyclist was transported to a local area hospital with moderate injuries.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111.

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