A motorist accused of intentionally running down a jogger in a bike lane in Walnut on Presidents’ Day was charged Wednesday with murder.

Haissam Massalkhy, 36, of West Covina, appeared in a Pomona courtroom in connection with the charge stemming from the death of Chi Shao, 59, of Walnut, but his arraignment was postponed to March 9.

The criminal complaint alleges that Massalkhy personally used a deadly weapon — an automobile — in the commission of the crime.

Shao was running in a bike lane shortly before 6 a.m. Monday when he was struck from behind by a 1989 Toyota Camry driven by Massalkhy, according to sheriff’s investigators and prosecutors.

The jogger was carried on the hood of the car for several yards, until the Camry went off the road at Citadel Drive and smashed through the backyard wall of a home on Barnard Avenue, said Lt. Steve Jauch of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.

Deputies were dispatched in response to a call from a homeowner in the 20200 block of Barnard Avenue, and Shao was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident appears to have been intentional, though Shao and Massalkhy did not know each other, sheriff’s Lt. David Buckner said.

Massalkhy was arrested about 5:30 p.m. Monday and has remained behind bars since then.

He could face up to life in state prison if convicted, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

— Wire reports 

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