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MOORPARK : Suspect Arrested in Death of Bicyclist

A 28-year-old Camarillo man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly struck and killed a bicyclist on California 118 and then fled the area.

Daniel Oseguera was being held in the Ventura County Jail on suspicion of felony vehicular manslaughter, drunken driving and felony hit and run, the California Highway Patrol said. Oseguera also had two outstanding warrants for embezzlement and grand theft in Santa Barbara. Bail was set at $150,000.

Oseguera was driving a 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass at about 65 m.p.h. Sunday afternoon when he approached a slower car on the westbound lanes east of Hitch Boulevard near Moorpark, CHP Officer Jim Utter said.

While trying to pass on the right shoulder of the two-lane highway, the Oldsmobile struck the bicycle being ridden by Steven Sugimoto, Utter said.

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Sugimoto was thrown into the air and landed 75 feet from the point of impact, Utter said. The Oldsmobile sped away, Utter said.

A passing motorist who saw the accident stopped half a mile up the road where a CHP officer had responded to another accident. The motorist told the officer what had happened and described Oseguera’s car, Utter said.

The description of the car was broadcast over CHP radio frequencies and two officers began following Oseguera, Utter said.

A short time later, Oseguera pulled off on the shoulder of Somis Road, about five miles from the accident site, and he was arrested, Utter said.

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Sugimoto was taken to Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo, where he later died of head injuries, according to the Ventura County coroner’s office.


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