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Four-day remand for suspect in cyclist hit-and-run killing  (Updated)

Police arrested the culprit

The 76-year-old man who fatally injured cyclist Panagiots Hadjinicola, 33, on Thursday morning was remanded for four days by a Limassol court on Friday.

The cyclist was travelling on the road from Kantou to Platres when a vehicle hit him from behind at around 6am, forcing the bike to crash into the protective barrier at the side of the road.

He was thrown into a field and was killed instantly.

The dead man was discovered by a passing driver 15 minutes after the fatal crash and police treated the incident as a hit and run accident.

The suspect admitted in court he was driving in the area at the time of the accident, and that something hit his vehicle, but claims he didn’t realise it was a person and continued driving.

However, the witness whose testimony led to the man’s arrest said while he was driving he saw a bicycle at the side of a road and a pick-up car which was stopped a few metres in front.

The witness testified he drove on because he didn’t see the cyclist lying next to the road. He said he noticed a dent in the bumper of the double cab when it overtook him shortly after. He remembered some of the details on the number plates which he reported to police when he heard about the accident.

Limassol head of traffic police Michalis Michael thanked the witness, adding because of this information police officers were able to quickly locate the vehicle and its owner.

They found the car outside a house in Limassol at 10.40pm on the same day and proceeded to arrest the owner, who is a resident of Limassol but comes from a village in the area where the accident happened.

 

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