Dead Cyclist Found Lodged in Back Seat

By Frank Heinz
|  Monday, Aug 17, 2009  |  Updated 8:21 PM CDT
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Dead Cyclist Found Lodged in Back Seat

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A 59-year-old Grand Prairie man was found dead in the back seat of a car after he was struck on his bicycle, police said.

 59, was found dead Saturday, lodged in the back seat of a car, after being struck while on his bicycle in Grand Prairie.

Investigators said Ronnie Monroe Keller was was riding along the 3400 block of East Main Street at about 9 p.m. when Vincent Paul Riojas apparently struck Keller head-on. Police said Riojas was driving on Texas 180 when he drifted into the oncoming lane and slammed into Keller.

Keller hit the front windshield and bounced over the top of the car before he crashed through the back window and into the backseat, the Star-Telegram reported.

According to a police statement, Riojas drove from the crash scene to his family's home and apparently tried to hide the 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier in a side yard before fleeing.

Riojas' mother saw Keller in the back seat and called 911.

Grand Prairie officers found Keller dead about a half hour after the crash, lodged in the backseat of the car in the 400 block of Northeast 38th Street.

Police arrested Riojas, 27, who was hiding nearby under a parked vehicle.  

He was charged with intoxication manslaughter, resisting arrest and failure to stop and render aid, as well as a felony warrant for criminal nonsupport, and is being held on $150,000 bond.

Riojas was convicted of multiple drug charges in 2006, the Star-Telegram reported. He was sentenced to five years in prison, but has been under supervision since his November 2007 release, according to the newspaper.

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