LANCASTER – A 43-year-old driver who allegedly collided with a bicyclist and then drove away is facing a felony charge in connection with the incident.
Towana Byers was charged Tuesday with one count of leaving the scene of an injury accident, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office.
Sheriff’s officials have released little details about the collision, which occurred Sunday evening (July 6) near 3rd Street East and Avenue I in Lancaster. However, the collision was witnessed by several bystanders at the 7-Eleven convenience store on the corner.
Witnesses said a bicyclist crossing Avenue I collided with a white Dodge Durango headed westbound on Avenue I at a high rate of speed. The bicyclist rolled onto the hood of the SUV, smashed the windshield, bounced off the roof and landed on the street; but the SUV driver kept going, the witnesses said.
A Good Samaritan followed the Durango through a nearby residential neighborhood and directed deputies to the Durango’s location, according to a Lancaster Sherrif’s Station crime broadcast.
Deputies caught up to the Durango near 5th Street East and Avenue H-14, about three miles away from the collision scene. Byers was arrested around 6:51 p.m. Sunday, and she has remained jailed since her arrest, according to Lancaster Station jail records.
The injured bicyclist was transported to a local hospital. His name and the extent of his injuries have not been released.
UPDATED: Byers has been released from jail on bond, according to LASD inmate records.