Phoenix bicyclist killed in hit and run

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Phoenix police say a bicyclist was killed early Saturday after being hit by a vehicle whose driver left the scene and was later caught and booked on a manslaughter charge.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson says the 50-year-old man, Robert Flakes, was riding with a friend in south Phoenix at about 3:30 a.m. when he was hit from behind by a sport utility vehicle that left the scene.

The victim's companion called police, who spotted a vehicle minutes later fitting the description.

Police stopped the SUV and found damage consistent with the accident. They booked 33-year-old Max Ramiro Garcia into jail on manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident charges.

Thompson says alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the wreck. The victim's name hasn't been released.

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