Investigation continues into fatal Pasadena alleged hit-and-run

PASADENA – An Alhambra man who was arrested after he allegedly ran over a woman who fell off her bicycle early Sunday and then fled will likely be released pending a continuing investigation, police said Tuesday.
Nicholas Avila, 21, was booked on suspicion of hit-and-run and driving under the influence and was being held at Pasadena police jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
The victim, who later died from her injuries at Huntington Hospital, has been identified as 24-year-old Jocely Young of Alhambra.
“It’s a real tragic accident and a complex case and we have to make sure we’re taking our time to make sure that every aspect of the case is thoroughly investigated before we present our case to the D.A.’s office,” said Traffic Lt. Randell Taylor.
Police officers are required to file charges within 48 hours of the suspect’s arrest or must release him, he said.
Young and her boyfriend had left a local bar Sunday and were riding bicycles south on Los Robles Avenue, just south of Cordova Street, when Young fell off her bicycle and was run over at about 1 a.m., Taylor said.
Witnesses are in the process of being interviewed and video surveillance from the incident must still be examined and analyzed, he said.
“We like to err on the side of caution and be thorough,” Taylor said.
A witness followed the hit-and-run vehicle to Alhambra and called police. The driver was then arrested, officials have said.

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