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Teen Charged With Murder In Golden Gate Park Cyclist Death

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A teenager has been charged with murder in the hit-and-run death of a cyclist on Golden Gate Park's John F Kennedy Drive, prosecutors announced Tuesday.

According to Max Szabo, a spokesman for the district attorney's office, 19-year-old Nicky Garcia will be arraigned on murder, vehicular manslaughter, hit-and-run and auto burglary charges in court on Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators tracked down the San Francisco resident three weeks after 41-year-old Heather Miller was killed as she biked in the park on June 22nd.

Witnesses told police that Miller was struck around 6 p.m. by a white Honda that was driving at a high rate of speed and had crossed into the oncoming lane to go around another vehicle.

The Honda, which was stolen, was later found abandoned at the nearby Angling & Casting Club parking lot.

Miller was one of two bicyclists struck and killed by drivers within hours of each other on June 22.

Katherine Slattery, 26, was riding at Seventh and Howard streets at 8:24 p.m. that day when she was struck by a BMW X3 allegedly speeding through a red light, according to police.

Police arrested Farrukh Mushtaq, 32, at Ninth and Howard streets, a short distance from the crash, on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter.

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