Driver arrested on suspicion of murder in collision that killed a jogger in Walnut

A driver was arrested Monday on suspicion of murder after he allegedly struck and killed a man who was jogging in Walnut, authorities said.

Just before 6 a.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies received a 911 call from a Walnut resident who said a car crashed into the brick wall outside his house in the 20200 block of Barnard Avenue, Deputy Sara Rodriguez said in a statement.

A man was driving east on La Puente Road at 5:52 a.m. when he struck a man jogging in the bike lane, Rodriguez said. The driver carried the jogger on the hood of his 1989 Toyota Camry for “several yards” before crashing into the wall.

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The jogger, 59-year-old Chi Shao of Walnut, was pronounced dead at the scene, Deputy Kelvin Moody said.


The driver, Haissan Massalkhy, 36, of West Covina, was detained at the scene for questioning by detectives. He was later arrested and was being held on $1-million bail.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

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