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Suspected drunk driver kills bicyclist, injures five others, police say

May 12, 2011 |  7:51 am

A suspected drunk driver is in custody in connection with his involvement in three hit-and-run accidents that left a bicyclist dead and five others injured, Ventura police said.  

Satnam Singh, 49, was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and gross vehicular manslaughter after the three incidents that unfolded in rapid succession at about 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said. 

Singh was driving westbound on Telegraph Road near La Jolla Street in a Hummer when the large vehicle struck two bicyclists, a woman and her 13-year-old daughter, authorities said.  The victims suffered numerous injuries, including broken bones. The motorist did not stop.

Still on Telegraph Road, the driver next rear-ended a pickup at Petit Avenue. Television footage showed that the pickup sustained substantial damage, smashed in from the back.

Inside that car were a couple and their 16-year-old son, authorities said. They reported minor injuries.

The Hummer kept going westbound on Telegraph, authorities said. Near Mara Avenue, the driver struck a cyclist, a 20-year-old college student riding in a wide bike lane with another cyclist.

The victim died at the scene.

The other cyclist or another witness followed the driver, who pulled into the driveway of his nearby home, authorities said. Police quickly arrived at the scene to confront Singh, who they said was uncooperative. Singh did not want to get out of the car and could not, in fact, exit from the driver's side because of damage from the collisions, police said.

Officers reported using a police dog to distract Singh as they entered the car from the rear hatch. Singh was transported to Ventura County Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. He remains in custody.

At the site of the fatal incident, well-wishers left behind lighted candles and flowers. Witnesses told KTLA-TV Channel 5 that the student, a local high school graduate whose name has not been released, was on his way to take a final exam at Ventura College.

-- Howard Blume