RANCHO SANTA FE — An arrest has been made in the hit-and-run death of an Escondido man in the early morning hours of July 6 in Rancho Santa Fe.Jin Hyuk Byun, 19, was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run on July
8 at his Del Mar Heights home, after a neighbor, who had seen news reports about the accident, saw damage on the right front of Byun’s car and notified authorities.
The California Highway Patrol said the victim Angel Bojorquez, 18, of Escondido, was riding his bicycle home from his job at Albertson’s in Del Mar, when he was hit from behind in the 16900 block of Via De La Valle at about 2 a.m.
Bojorquez, who was wearing reflective gear, was thrown from his bicycle into a ditch and was probably killed upon impact, the CHP said.
“If he didn’t die instantly, it was probably shortly after,” said Officer Chris Parent, spokesman for the CHP.
Parent said the neighbor who noticed the damage to Byun’s car, called authorities, who sent out an officer to investigate.
“He (Byun) didn’t want to cooperate and let us see the vehicle,” Parent said.
“We came back with a search warrant and he was attempting to leave the house, not fleeing, but he was leaving the house with a friend. At that point we took him into custody.”
Byun spoke to investigators and statements he made were enough probable cause to charge him, Parent said.
The victim and his brother both work at the Del Mar Albertsons and usually ride together in the same car.
“I don’t know if there was a scheduling conflict, but that night he decided to ride his bike,” Parent said.
Taking the back roads from Del Mar to Escondido is about 20 miles, the majority of which has no street lighting.
A fund has been set up for the family to help defray expenses. Those wishing to help may do so by contributing to Wells Fargo Account Number 2172285161.