Prosecutors Wednesday declined to file charges against a motorist who allegedly struck and killed a 62-year-old bicyclist in a hit-and-run just west of Hemet, sending the case back to the California Highway Patrol for additional scrutiny.
Carlos Arturo Acosta, 38, of Homeland was arrested and booked into the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on Thursday night on suspicion of hit-and-run resulting in death, as well as driving on a suspended license, for the collision that claimed the life of Glen Hysom of Hemet.
Riverside County District Attorney’s Office spokesman John Hall told City News Service that a criminal complaint was not filed against Acosta because prosecutors determined the matter required “further investigation” before charges could be justified.
CHP San Gorgonio Office spokesman Officer Jason Montez said investigators had not yet evaluated the deficiencies or concerns cited by the D.A.’s office, but it could be a simple matter of “making corrections” to the investigators’ report and resubmitting it to prosecutors for another assessment.
Acosta was expected to be released from the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning Wednesday afternoon.
According to the CHP, about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, the suspect was driving his 2008 GMC Acadia in the area of California and Stetson avenues when he allegedly plowed into Hysom, shattering the victim’s bike and hurling him a short distance from the point of impact.
Montez alleged Acosta did not stop, speeding away northbound, but he was observed by witnesses, who provided details to the CHP.
County fire department paramedics pronounced the victim dead at the scene, and CHP officers proceeded to a ranch property on Ocean Avenue in Homeland, where the suspect was taken into custody without incident, according to Montez.
Jail records show that Acosta has unresolved misdemeanor driving under the influence cases out of San Bernardino County.