A woman who allegedly struck and killed a bicyclist in Whittier in 2017 and then fled the country for Hong Kong, and then Australia, arrived back in the U.S. Thursday after a yearlong extradition process.
Andrea Dorothy Chan Reyes was allegedly behind the wheel of a white Lexus sedan that struck Agustin Rodriguez Jr. while he was biking in the area of Calmada Avenue and Flomar Drive on Jan. 30, 2017, according to Laura Eimiller of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.
Rodriguez, 46, was dragged “under the car for a long distance,” Eimiller said. He died at the scene of multiple blunt force injuries, according to the coroner’s office.
Authorities found the Lexus in a residential garage in Idaho, according to Eimiller, who added that additional information was found in Nevada.
Reyes fled the U.S. and was living in Hong Kong when the FBI obtained an international arrest warrant, Eimiller said. As the investigation continued, the FBI found that Reyes was living in Australia, and with cooperation from law enforcement in that country, she was taken into custody. The date of her arrest was not released.
“A lengthy extradition proceeding has been in the works for over a year, and yesterday, Reyes was transferred to the custody of the United States Marshals in Australia,” Eimiller said. “She was flown to the United States and landed this morning at the Van Nuys airport.”
Reyes has since been turned over to Whittier police, according to Eimiller.
The 35-year-old woman is charged with one felony count each of hit-and-run driving resulting in death or serious injury to another person and vehicular manslaughter, according to a felony complaint for extradition filed in April 2018 by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
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