Man arrested in hit-and-run that killed bicyclist

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A 23-year-old suspect in a hit-and-run collision that killed a bicyclist in San Jose last week was arrested Wednesday, police said today.

Christopher Michael Africa allegedly drove into the bicyclist in the area of South Winchester Boulevard and Driftwood Drive last Friday, police said.

The bicyclist was identified as 44-year-old Teodoro Arredondo-Dias, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office.

Officers responded to the scene around 12:10 a.m. when they found the bicyclist suffering from serious injuries and soon after emergency crews pronounced him dead, according to police.

Africa is believed to be the driver of a red Honda Del Sol that struck the bicyclist and fled the scene north on Winchester Boulevard, police said.

Officers found the vehicle empty about eight hours later a block north from the collision and held it as evidence, according to police.

A follow-up investigation led officers to Africa, who was arrested without incident at his San Jose home, police said.

Africa is being held in Santa Clara County Main Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail, according to jail records.

Anyone with information on the collision is asked to call police Detective Melloch at (408) 277-4654. Anonymous tips can be made to Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-7867.