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Criminal complaint filed in death of cyclist

The Parker Pioneer: Criminal complaint filed in death of cyclist

By John Gutekunst
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 5:19 PM MST

A criminal complaint of second-degree murder has been filed against a Big River man after he allegedly struck and killed a bicyclist with his car Tuesday night in Parker. Charges were filed Wednesday against Angel Covarrubias Jr., 22, of Big River, Calif. Judge Charlene Weis of the Parker Justice Court set his bond at $200,000.

Parker Police Chief Rod Mendoza said the accident occurred at approximately 6:08 p.m. on California Avenue near the intersection of Kofa Avenue. Mendoza said Covarrubias was coming east from California in a four-door sedan when he attempted to pass two other vehicles and crossed a double-yellow centerline on the roadway.

Mendoza said this was when he allegedly collided with the bicycle.

The cyclist was described as a 60-year-old male. Mendoza said his name was being withheld pending notification of relatives.

If convicted, second-degree murder has a sentencing range of 10 to 22 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections.