Photo by Alexander Nguyen
Photo by Alexander Nguyen

A 53-year-old man was arrested in connection with the vehicle-versus-pedestrian crash in Studio City that killed a musical collaborator of Grammy winner Christopher Cross, police said Friday.

Robert Meurer, a 65-year-old singer-songwriter and educator, was struck about 7:25 p.m. on Sept. 23 in the 12000 block of Moorpark Street, near Laurel Canyon Boulevard, by a car that left the scene, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Meurer died at a hospital the following morning.

The LAPD had released a photo of George Ronald Nicoletti, identifying him as a person of interest in the case, and a car described as a tan four-door 1998 Saturn Ion with California license plate 6HAY595.

“After a lengthy investigation … Nicoletti was arrested on Oct. 10 for the hit-and-run …,” according to an LAPD statement.

Meurer was crossing Moorpark Street mid-block when he was struck by an eastbound car, police said in the days after the crash.

Meurer, a Studio City resident, was a longtime collaborator and friend of Cross, whose hits include “Sailing” and “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do).”

Cross posted a message on his website paying tribute to his friend, who he met in their hometown of San Antonio, Texas, where they were in rival bands.

“We had a immediate connection, and from that moment a very special friendship was born out of our shared love of music,” he wrote.

“As the years went on, we formed various cover bands, saw each other through rough patches and had lots of good times.”

Cross said Meurer was integral to his 1980 album, “which, with all humility, had such a unique sound that it took the pop music world by storm. We made our mark.”

In 1988, Cross wrote, “Rob and I began writing songs together which continued until the day he was taken from us. We had just finished our newest a song called `Truth.’

To try and explain how I feel, or to try to imagine how his wife Beth and daughter Anne feel at this moment is impossible, but I felt I wanted to share with you the tremendous love and respect I had for this man,” Cross said.

“He was quite simply the smartest guy I ever knew, funny, kind, devoted to his family and friends, and talented beyond measure. Not just with the work he and I did, but his own solo work, and his musical theater projects. His love of the craft was as deep as anyone I’ve ever known.”

—City News Service

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