Police have arrested a man in connection with a fatal hit and run accident that killed a well-known Southern California doctor last Saturday morning in Newport Beach.
39 year old Michael Jason Lopez of Anaheim was arrested early Tuesday morning and booked for vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence for a crash that killed 57 year old Dr. Catherine Campion Ruiz who was out for a morning bike ride.
The crash took place at around 9:45 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Newport Coast Drive between Ocean Ridge Drive and Vista Ridge Drive where Lopez’s black pickup truck crashed into the back of Ruiz’s bike, causing her to fall to the ground and suffer serious injuries. Instead of stopping after the collision, Lopez immediately drove away from the scene.
Dr. Ruiz was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition, where she later died as a result of her injures. Another biker was with Ruiz at the time of the accident, though she was unhurt in the ordeal.
Lopez is currently being held at the Newport Beach Police Jail on $100,000 bail. The dates and times for any follow up legal action has yet to be announced.
Newport Beach police are asking for anyone with any additional information about the accident to contact their traffic investigators as soon as possible.
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