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19-year-old Cyclist Killed by Hit-and-run Driver

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A manhunt was underway in San Bernardino on Saturday for a hit-and-run driver who killed a 19-year-old man traveling on his bicycle with his younger brother, who was critically injured in the collision, authorities said.

Thomas Joseph Meeks of San Bernardino was bicycling east on 40th Street, just past Acre Lane, when he cut across the roadway around 7 p.m. Friday and was struck by a vehicle, also traveling eastbound, according to a San Bernardino Police Department statement. Meeks was pronounced dead at the scene. His younger brother, who was also on the bicycle, was critically injured and taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center, according to the San Bernardino County coroner’s office. Meeks’ younger brother was not identified by police.

Witnesses described the vehicle to police as a white 2000 or older Pontiac or Chrysler car, the statement said. Authorities said the vehicle should have front-end damage around the license plate area and possibly the windshield. Anyone with information about the accident can call the San Bernardino Police Department Traffic Division at (909) 385-5735.