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Rohnert Park Man Pleads No Contest to Hit-and-Run Collision

Professional bicyclist injured in crash.

A Rohnert Park man pleaded no contest Monday to all charges in a hit-and-run collision that injured a professional bicyclist in June.

Arthur Yu, 36, of Rohnert Park, faces 10 years and four months in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 27 for hit-and-run, vehicle theft, possession of a stolen vehicle and reckless driving, Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said.

Yu was driving a 1996 Honda north on Pine Flat Road in unincorporated Sonoma County northeast of Healdsburg at 15 to 20 mph when the collision occurred at about 12:30 p.m. on June 29, the California Highway Patrol said.

Yu cut the corner on a right curve in the road and drove into the path of Michael Torckler's Pinarello bicycle, CHP officials said.

Torckler, 25, of New Zealand was ejected from the bicycle, struck the Honda's windshield and fell onto the pavement, according to CHP.

Yu stopped briefly as his passenger William Frasier got out of the car to check on Torckler, then drove away leaving Frasier at the scene, Ravitch said. He was arrested the next day.

Torckler, who races for the Bissell Pro Cycling team based in Santa Rosa, suffered wounds, including fractures to his face and was hospitalized for 12 days, Ravitch said.

Yu's father reported the Honda was stolen a week before the collision. It was found three weeks after the collision on a Rohnert Park street.

-- Bay City News

Reginald "Rex" Henderson October 17, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Now I am confused. Mrs. Pendray wrote this exact same article, and I debated her on its relevance to locals like me. She says the driver was from Santa Rosa. This account has him from Rohnert Park. why are you hyping 2 accounts of the same story?
Carlos Villatoro October 17, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Rex you are right. I made the change. thanks.
Julie Pendray October 18, 2012 at 05:52 AM
The district attorney's news release indicated Santa Rosa, while some other news accounts mentioned Rohnert Park. I placed the story in Rohnert Park.

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