A motorist accused of intentionally running over a 46-year-old bicyclist on a Riverside street is slated to be arraigned next week on murder and other charges.
Sergio Reynaldo Gutierrez, 31, of Riverside allegedly killed Benedicto Solanga, also of Riverside, on the afternoon of July 29.
Along with murder, Gutierrez is charged with a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a deadly weapon — his pickup truck — in the commission of a felony.
The defendant, who is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail, made his initial court appearance last week, when Riverside County Superior Court Judge Gail O’Rane appointed him a public defender and set his arraignment for Sept. 2 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.
According to Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback, Gutierrez was driving his Ford F-250 on Market Street, near the Pomona (60) Freeway underpass, when he encountered Solanga on his bicycle going in the opposite direction.
Railsback said there was an unspecified “interaction” between the defendant and victim, possibly traffic-related, after which Solanga resumed riding his bike.
“(Gutierrez) made a U-turn and struck the victim, causing him to be seriously injured,” then fled the scene, the police spokesman alleged.
Solanga died of his injuries three days later, according to Railsback.
Detectives spent the ensuing three weeks attempting to identify the pickup driver before determining that Gutierrez was allegedly behind the wheel that day. He was taken into custody without incident on Aug. 17 on Sir Bedivere Drive.
Gutierrez has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.