A 78-year-old Simi Valley man was killed while riding his bicycle early Thursday afternoon, the California Highway Patrol said.
Bernard Cooper was hit by a car while riding east on the shoulder of Tierra Rejada Road east of Highway 23, the CHP said.
Officers identified the driver of the car as Nicolas Santiago, 20, of Ridgecrest.
Santiago continued east on Tierra Rejada for about 1½ miles after hitting Cooper, authorities said.
Santiago then returned to the scene of the accident, the CHP said.
Cooper was pronounced dead at the scene by Ventura County fire personnel.
Alcohol did not appear to have been a factor in the crash, the CHP said.
CHP officers arrested Santiago on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, authorities said.
The crash remained under investigation Thursday night.
Eastbound Tierra Rejada was closed for about 3½ hours after the accident.
Anyone who may have seen the incident may call the CHP at 553-0800.
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