Authorities say driver intentionally hit, killed jogger

The Associated Press

WALNUT, Calif. — A driver has been arrested after authorities say he deliberately ran down and killed a jogger in a Los Angeles suburb.


The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says 36-year-old Haissan Massalkhy of West Covina was booked Monday on suspicion of murder.

He was jailed on $1 million bail. It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.

Authorities say shortly before 6 a.m., Massalkhy’s Toyota Camry struck 59-year-old Chi Shao of Walnut, who was jogging in a Walnut bike lane.

Authorities say the jogger was carried several yards on the car’s hood before it went off the road and smashed into a backyard brick wall.

Sheriff’s Lt. David Buckner says it appears the driver intentionally struck the jogger although they didn’t know each other.

There’s no word on a motive.