The California Highway Patrol is asking the public to help find a driver who is believed to have struck and killed a bicyclist near Winters in March. Adrianna Melendez, 23, of Winters, is suspected of hitting 72-year-old Dan Taylor of Alamo on Putah Creek Road a mile east of Interstate Highway 505 around 5 p.m. on March 26. Taylor was riding in a timed interval race through a long stretch of road that runs between orchards in the area, the CHP said.
He was struck by a vehicle traveling west between 55 and 60 mph that crossed into the eastbound lane. Taylor was propelled over the vehicle before landing in an orchard and died of internal and head injuries, the CHP said. The vehicle continued traveling into the orchard, almost striking a tree, then went west towards Winters, the CHP said. Melendez took measures to conceal the fatal collision and left her home approximately on March 28 when she learned law enforcement might be looking for her, CHP Officer Chris Parker said.
There is a $50,000 warrant in Solano County for her arrest. Melendez is 5 feet 3 inches, approximately 265 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.
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