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(Photos: Warren Police Department)

Roseville Man Arrested In Hit-And-Run Death Of Bicyclist Crossing Groesbeck Hwy.

February 14, 2019 - 11:14 am
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WARREN (WWJ) - Police have arrested a 24-year-old Roseville man in connection with a deadly hit-and-run crash back on Super Bowl Sunday.

Randy Menendez, 60, was hit as he crossed against the light on Groesbeck Hwy. at 10 Mile around 6:30 p.m. February 3. Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said the car, which was speeding northbound on Groesbeck, never stopped -- leaving Menendez lying in the road. 

Police said they also recovered the suspect vehicle, a heavily-damaged gray 2018 Dodge Charger SRT sedan. It was found around 4 p.m. Wednesday, parked behind a house in the 16000 block of Collingham in Detroit and covered with a tarp. 

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Victim Randy Menendez is pictured at left; suspect vehicle at right. (Photos: Crime Stoppers)

Dwyer said the wanted driver was then arrested at around 6 p.m. at his house in the 30500 block of Sandhurst in Roseville, near Utica Road and 15 Mile -- about seven miles from where the car was found. 

The suspect allegedly admitted that he was driving the car at the time of the crash, telling police that he was traveling at around 70 mph.

"One of the charges -- obviously the final charges will be up the the prosecutor -- will be hit-and-run causing death," Dwyer said. "But we'll be working with the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office on additional charges."

The suspect was apprehended just hours after Crime Stoppers announced a reward for tips in the case, but Dwyer said "outstanding police work" is what led to an arrest. 

"We've been on this case almost 24/7 for the last 10 days," he said.

Several photos the suspect vehicle car -- showing a large dent on the hood and a shattered windshield -- were released by police at a news conference Thursday.

Speaking WWJ's Jon Hewett and other reporters, Dwyer did not immediately release the name of the suspect, but said the man has a criminal record. He said there were passengers in the car with the suspect, and that they could also be charged. 

Menendez's sister, Rosanne Menendez, is hoping for justice. 

"It was an accident until they left the scene of the crime, and then it was a murder," she told WWJ's Jon Hewett and other reporters. "They left my poor brother for dead. That is the part that we can't reconcile."

The driver is scheduled to be arraigned Friday and, if convicted, cold face 15 years in prison.