|Vehicle in crash injuring cyclist from New Zealand found in RP
Thanks to a tip from a caller, the Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety on Monday found the car driven in the hit-and-run incident that left a professional bicyclist with serious injuries.
The vehicle, a 1996 Honda Accord, was found at the intersection of Hudis Street and Hillview Way. The car, which had been reported stolen, had been at that location for three weeks, according to public safety officials.
Rohnert Park’s Arthur Yu, 36, has been charged with stealing the car from his father. Yu also is facing felony hit-and-run and reckless driving charges.
He also was charged with misdemeanor driving on a suspended license and is being investigated for driving under the influence. All told, Yu could spend a decade in jail if convicted on all charges.
Michael Torckler, a cyclist from New Zealand, was training in Sonoma County for two weeks before the June 29 accident. He was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with several facial fractures, a fractured left arm and broken right hand. He was released from the acute rehabilitation center on July 11.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Yu, while driving on a narrow, winding road near Healdsburg, crossed over the middle of the road on a curve and smashed into Torckler, who was traveling downhill. Yu’s speed was estimated at 20 mph at the time of the collision.
The passenger in the car got out of the vehicle to check on the unconscious Torckler’s condition, but Yu said he needed to get away and fled the scene.
Yu was arrested at his residence on June 30 after his roommate had alerted authorities.
Yu has a criminal record dating back to 1998 and includes four felony convictions. He was sentenced to five years and four months in prison for felony burglary and theft.