A woman was in custody Wednesday in the hit-and-run death of a man who was fatally injured while riding a bicycle in San Pedro.
Anisha Lockhart, 27, was arrested on Thursday in the death of Oscar Montoya, 51, who was hit by a vehicle about 12:40 a.m. on March 4 while riding north on Pacific Avenue south of Channel Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Montoya died at the scene.
“A vehicle driving at a high rate of speed struck him from behind causing fatal injuries to Oscar,” police said in a statement. “The vehicle fled the scene.”
Police initiated an investigation and sought the public’s help to find the motorist.
“On March 7 … citizens provided tips that led detectives to the suspect’s vehicle, a 2009 Scion XB, which was taken into custody,” police said. “On March 9 … South Traffic Division Detectives utilizing department resources and other tips from citizens apprehended the driver, Anisha Lockhart.”
Lockhart was booked on a felony and she was being held on $100,000 bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Her next court appearance was scheduled for April 7 in downtown Los Angeles.
LAPD detectives planned a Wednesday morning news conference to discuss the case.
Anyone with information on the crime was urged to call police at 323-421-2500 or 323-421-2577. Tipsters may also use the website lacrimestoppers.org.