The Berkeley police arrested a man Friday afternoon in connection with a hit-and-run crash involving two bicyclists on a Berkeley street, according to police.
Police arrested 43-year-old Michael Patrick Medaglia, of Oakland, the owner of the car that was involved in the hit-and-run crash on Wednesday, said Berkeley police Capt. Andrew Greenwood
The crash occurred at about 4:30 p.m. on Tunnel Road as the bicyclists were traveling east and were struck by a car traveling the same direction, according to police.
The riders, both of whom were wearing helmets, suffered abrasions from hitting the road but did not require hospitalization for their injuries, according to Greenwood. A passerby called 911, and the riders were treated at the scene by the Oakland Fire Department, he said.
Their clothing and bicycles were significantly damaged as a result of the collision, Greenwood said.
The riders reported the crash at the Berkeley Police Department on Wednesday night, and officers began investigating, he said.
Greenwood said one of the cyclists had a camera mounted on his handlebars, and the collision was captured on video.
The video can be found on YouTube and has shown up on other websites, as well, Greenwood said. The video had more than 25,000 views on YouTube as of Friday afternoon in the wake of local media outlets picking up on the story.
The driver of the black car didn't stop after the collision, as is required by law, so police were treating the incident as a hit-and-run.
Medaglia had reported his car stolen the day of the crash to the Oakland Police Department, and Berkeley police placed an alert on the vehicle.
Oakland police found the car that had been reported stolen and after further investigation found its owner, Medaglia, at the Jack London Inn at 444 Embarcadero West, police said.
When police entered Medaglia's hotel room, they arrested him on charges of possession of a heroin, felony possession of ammunition, violation of probation and a felony hit-and-run.
Medgalia was booked into Alameda County Jail.
Investigators are still seeking witnesses and additional evidence in the case.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Berkeley Police Department at 510-981-5900.
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