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Police arrest truck driver in connection with fatal Boyle Heights hit-and-run

BOYLE HEIGHTS — Police today arrested a truck driver who allegedly ran over and killed a 69-year-old woman last month while she was standing near her motorhome.

Daniel Rico, a 52-year- old resident of Rialto, is being held on $50,000 bail after investigators say he failed to stop his semi-truck and help Cynthia Szukala, who died on the night of Dec. 22 after being struck in the  3700 block of Union Pacific Avenue

Here’s information released today by LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives:

“Daniel Rico, a 52-year- old male Hispanic from the City of Rialto, had contacted Central Traffic Detectives after he was made aware that a still photo of his company’s truck, “Soon Trucking Company,” was on the news, and that Los Angeles Police Department was seeking information on the vehicle and the company. Daniel Rico contacted Central Traffic Detectives, and decided to meet with the detectives at Central Station today, January 5, 2018, along with his attorney.

After making a statement with the investigating detective, Daniel Rico was arrested for Felony Hit and Run, 20001(a) of the California Vehicle Code. The arrest was made based on the investigator’s investigation, that included video surveillance and witnesses at the scene, that lead to the Department to believe that Daniel Rico knew that he was involved in a traffic collision with Cynthia Szukala, and he failed to fulfill his obligation to render aid and identify himself after the collision.”

Szukala was remembered as a skid row bride and a woman who volunteered at her church,  reports the L.A. Times

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