A Santa Maria woman was arrested Saturday night for allegedly fleeing the scene after striking an elderly bicyclist with her vehicle, according to the Santa Maria Police Department.
Maria Agustina Apolonioangel, 42, was taken into custody at her home and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on felony hit-and-run charges, Sgt. Duane Schneider said.
Shortly after 5 p.m., officers responded to a traffic collision at Broadway and Williams Street and found an elderly male in the roadway.
“According to witnesses, the elderly male was riding his bicycle eastbound on Williams and was struck by a car traveling southbound on Broadway,” Schneider said. “The vehicle left the area southbound without stopping.”
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A short time later, the vehicle was found in a nearby neighborhood, but the driver had fled on foot, Schneider said.
About 11:30 p.m., investigators were alerted that the driver had returned home, and Apolonioangel was arrested.
The bicyclist’s name and details on his condition were not immediately available.
Authorities are asking that anyone who might have seen the accident contact police at 805-928-3781, ext. 2297.