A suspect was found in Australia after a 2017 fatal hit-and-run a cyclist in Whittier was extradited to the US this week.
Andrea Dorothy Chan Reyes, 35, arrived at Van Nuys Airport on Thursday, October 29, Police Sergeant Whittier. Sam Reed said. The police then ordered him at Whittier prison.
The US Marshal picked her up from Australia and handed her over to Whittier police, said US Deputy Marshal Matthew Cordova, a spokesman for the US Marshals Service.
Chan Reyes, a former resident of Whittier, is accused of driving a white Lexus that hit a cyclist Agustin Rodriguez Jr. at 9000 Calmada Avenue on January 30, 2017. The car dragged 46-year-old Rodriguez a few hundred feet. Paramedics announced the Whittier man was killed at the scene.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged Chan Reyes on September 21, 2017 with a hit-and-run crime that resulted in death or serious injury to another person, felony of vehicle homicide, and counts of minor offenses that destroyed or concealed evidence. He was also charged with allegations that he personally caused Rodriguez to injure himself.
“He faces more than 11 years in state prison if convicted,” said Richard Santiago, spokesman for the DA office.
An anonymous classified statement said a co-worker, who was driving a white Lexus, was late for work on the day of the collision and gave the coworker’s Whittier address to police, according to court records.
Police found Chan Reyes in possession of a 2017 Lexus IS 350, which was taken to a Huntington Beach repair shop the day after the hit-and-run. He allegedly told the shop he hit the deer, according to court documents.
Investigators found Lexus on March 7, 2017 in a private garage in Idaho. The garage owner was Chan Reyes’ girlfriend’s business partner at the time. Authorities said the DNA found in the car matched Rodriguez’s.
Within weeks of the crash, Chan Reyes was in Hong Kong, Reed said. It’s unclear when he left for Australia, but in January 2018, Reed said, the FBI learned he was there.
FBI spokesman Rukelt Dalberis declined to comment on the case and referred questions to the Whittier Police Department.
In April 2018, Australian officials arrested Chan Reyes on a US warrant in Adelaide. He against extradition to the US but lost.
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