Dying cyclist found in car's backseat

August 17, 2009 5:08:52 PM PDT
A Grand Prairie man was charged with intoxication manslaughter charge for the death of a bicyclist found in the back seat of his car. According to a statement issued Monday by the Grand Prairie Police Department, Vincent Paul Riojas, 27, was driving on Texas 180 in the Dallas suburb about 9:25 p.m. Saturday when he drifted into the oncoming lane. His car slammed head-on with a bicycle ridden by Ronnie Monroe Keller, 59, also of Grand Prairie, according to the statement.

Investigators said the impact hurled Keller into the windshield of the car and flipped him over the roof before he crashed through the rear window, where he became partially lodged in the car's back seat.

According to the police statement, Riojas drove from the scene to his home and apparently tried to hide the car in a side yard before fleeing.

Riojas' relatives found Keller critically injured in the car and called police. He was dead on arrival at Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

Riojas was in the Grand Prairie City Jail on Monday with bond set at $150,000. He also is charged with resisting arrest and failure to stop and render aid, along with a felony warrant for criminal nonsupport. A clerk at the city jail said he had no record of an attorney for Riojas.

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