Alleged driver in fatal hit-and-run turns self in to Pomona police

POMONA — A driver suspected of fleeing the scene after fatally striking a bicyclist with his SUV has turned himself in, police said Friday.
Rodger Allen Karcher, 67, of Chino showed up at the Pomona Police Station about 8 p.m. Thursday to turn himself in, Pomona police Sgt. Christian Hsu said in a written statement.
“His vehicle was also located and the damage to it matched the physical evidence located at the collision scene,” he added.
He was booked on suspicion of hit-and-run causing death in connection with Wednesday’s 5:30 p.m. crash at Towne Avenue and Sixth Street, the sergeant said.
The bicyclist was initially described only as a Pomona man in his 40s pending notification of his family members, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner’s Assistant Chief of Operations Craig Harvey said.
“The large amount of media coverage played a positive role in this investigation,” Hsu said. “Investigators concluded that Karcher turned himself in after watching numerous news stories about the collision.”
According to police and county booking records, Karcher was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the Pomona Police Department’s jail pending his arraignment  Tuesday in Pomona Superior Court.

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