WARREN, Mich. - A 24-year-old Roseville man was arrested Wednesday in connection with the fatal hit-and-run of a father who was crossing the street on his bicycle in Warren.
Randy Menendez, 60, of Eastpointe was killed at 6:27 p.m. Feb. 3 while riding his bicycle across Groesbeck Highway just north of 10 Mile Road, police said.
He was struck by a gray 2018 Dodge Charger SRT with a temporary tag in the rear window, according to authorities.
Charger found, man arrested
Warren police said after the crash, the Roseville man driving the Charger had the car towed to a home in Detroit. Police found the Charger around 4 p.m. Wednesday under a tarp in a backyard in the 16000 block of Collingham Drive.
The Charger had been leased, police said.
Officials located the suspect in the 35000 block of Sunburst Street in Roseville. Police said the man entered a vehicle and was stopped a short distance away. He was taken into custody without incident, police said.
Chief: Suspect made admissions
Warren Police Chief Bill Dwyer said the suspect made admissions implicating himself as the driver who struck Menendez and admitted to driving 70 mph at the time of the crash.
He is facing charges of leaving the scene of a fatal crash, which is a felony that carries a 15-year sentence.
He is expected to be arraigned Friday morning.
2 others in Charger
Dwyer said there were two other people in the Charger at the time of the incident, but wouldn't say whether they are being investigated criminally.
"We feel comfortable that we've made the initial arrest," Dwyer said. "Are there more arrests? Possibly."
Dwyer said he can't comment further on the possible involvement of the two passengers.
Sister thanks detectives
Menendez was one of 10 siblings. His sister, Rosanne Menendez, said he was heading home from a friend's house to watch the Super Bowl with his family.
"The bottom line is that was an accident," Rosanne Menendez said. "It was an accident until they left the scene of the crime, and then it was a murder. They left my poor brother for dead."
She thanked the lead detectives -- Det. Todd Murray, Det. Christopher Skridulis and Det. John Gajewski -- for their work in making the arrest.
"I can't tell you how hard these men were working on behalf of my family," Rosanne Menendez said.
Police said the Roseville man had prior traffic violations on his record.
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Authorities released video of the moments before Menendez was struck.
You can see the video below.
Police said the car struck Menendez and fled the scene without slowing down.
"You can see by the video the driver didn't even slow down," Warren police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said. "We really need some help on this one."
Warren investigators said Menendez's bicycle and clothing were scattered across the road after the collision.
Police said Menendez was crossing the street on his bicycle when pedestrian traffic was supposed to be stopped and cars on Groesbeck Highway had the green light.
But the Charger that struck him was traveling up to 70 mph, according to authorities.
"That's the key," Dwyer said. "It was a crash. There's a big difference."
Dwyer said previously that alcohol or drugs might have been a factor.
A $2,500 reward was being offered by Crime Stoppers for anyone with information that led to an arrest in the case.
If you have any further information, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP or the Warren Police Department at 586-574-4700. Crime Stoppers callers can remain anonymous.
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