Suspect Arrested in Hit-And-Run Death of Bicyclist

 LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A woman has been arrested in the hit-and-run death of a 22-year-old bicyclist struck by a Porsche SUV in South Los Angeles in April, police said today.

Frederick Richon Frazier was struck by a white Porsche Cayenne about 12:45 p.m. on April 10 at Manchester and Normandie avenues and died at a hospital. The Cayenne was being driven east on Manchester Avenue when the collision occurred.

At a news conference this afternoon, police said they arrested 23-year- old Mariah Banks and recovered the Porsche, involved in the crash, which they said had been painted black.

A $50,000 reward had been offered in the case, and Frazier's mother, Beverly Owens, had made emotional pleas for help finding the person who killed her son.

``This is somebody's boyfriend. This is somebody's cousin,'' Owens said. ``... Somebody knows this dude and you are (harboring) and keeping your eye on a murderer. Whoever goes (and) fixes this dude's car, you're fixing the car (of) somebody that just killed somebody. He's got blood on his car, he got blood on his hands.

``All you had to do is stop and stay with him. It was an accident. But now you're a killer, you're a murderer.''

About 1 p.m. on the day following the fatal crash, a hit-and-run car struck and injured a man at a vigil that was being held for Frazier at the site where he was fatally injured. Some rocks and bottles were thrown toward responding officers and a patrol vehicle, but no officers were injured and no arrests were made.

Police swarmed and cleared the intersection, but not before a department SUV had its rear window smashed. The SUV's tires had been flattened by the time it was towed from the scene.

The suspect and vehicle in that second hit-and-run are also in custody, police said.

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