Man arrested for allegedly hitting, killing cyclist in TempePosted: Updated:
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Police have arrested the man who they say hit and killed a bicyclist in Tempe a week ago.
Cody Ryan Davis, 22, was taken into custody at about 11:00 Saturday morning at his Mesa apartment. He is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, which is a Class 2 Felony. Police said Davis has made admissions about his involvement in the hit-and-run wreck.
Investigators believe Davis was behind the wheel of the car that ran down a motorized bicycle as it traveled east on Southern Avenue through the intersection at Rural Road late last Saturday night. Bradley Jason Scott, 32, was operating that bicycle. Scott was taken to the hospital where he later died.
Tempe police have been working with law-enforcement agencies in neighboring cities to find Davis, even releasing surveillance video of the wreck. That video shows Scott was legally riding with the flow of traffic when he was hit and killed.
"Mr. Davis then turned left in front of Mr. Scott," explained Detective Brandon Banks of the Tempe Police Department. "As a result, the impact was like a T-bone."
Investigators said that while Davis did not stop after hitting Scott, several people in nearby vehicles called 911 and tried to help Scott as he lay in the street.
All investigators had to go on initially was the surveillance video and a description of the car that hit Scott. Hoping for help from the public, police released details about that car and the damage it had sustained. The community came through.
Police said it was a tip that led them to that suspect vehicle, and then eventually to Davis.The car was seized as evidence and Davis was taken into custody without incident.
Davis' 19-year-old fiancee told 3TV Davis panicked after the wreck and had planned on turning himself in, but wanted to see the birth of their son, who was due any day. The fiancee said Davis was relieved when police showed up at their door Saturday morning.
While detectives are not looking for any more suspects at this point, they said the investigation is still open and ongoing. They trying to determine if Davis might have been impaired at the time of the accident.