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DUI suspected in hit-and-run death of Fresno bicyclist

Jose Hernandez, 22, allegedly struck and killed a bicyclist the morning of Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.
Jose Hernandez, 22, allegedly struck and killed a bicyclist the morning of Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.

A bicyclist was killed in central Fresno early Saturday after he was hit by an alleged drunk driver, police said.

James Raby, 58, was riding north in the bike lane on Weber Avenue near Clinton Avenue at 3:08 a.m. when Jose Hernandez, 22, of Fresno, allegedly ran into him from behind.

The car drove away, police said, but minutes later patrol officers near Ashlan and Blythe avenues stopped a vehicle they saw was traveling on a rim with no tire.

Jose Hernandez (2)
Jose Hernandez, 22, allegedly struck and killed a bicyclist the morning of Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. FRESNO POLICE DEPARTMENT

Damage to the car was connected to the crash involving the bicyclist and Hernandez was arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run, DUI and vehicular manslaughter.

Raby was one of five people killed in vehicle-related incidents in a 24-hour period in Fresno.

In 2016, the city reported 33 collision-related deaths. So far this year, there have been 48 as the result of 45 collisions.

Ashleigh Panoo: 559-441-6010, @AshleighPan

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