The wife of a Calimesa man, who was arrested earlier this month for the death of a 64-year-old Beaumont bicyclist, was arrested Wednesday in connection with the incident, according to the Riverside County Sheriffs Department in Cabazon.
William Donald Johnson, 42, and Karri Johnson, 43, have been arrested for the death of Phillip Richards, who was hit Dec. 29, 2013 while riding his bike on Calimesa Blvd., north of Singleton Road. Richards, died Jan. 11 at a local hospital.
The accident occurred at 12:25 p.m. Dec. 29. Deputies found a male bicyclist injured and lying on the roadway. According to witnesses, the vehicle that hit him didn’t stop and left the scene.
Richards was traveling southbound and the vehicle northbound, both on Calimesa Boulevard. For unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed the center divider and drove head on into the bicyclist’s path. The vehicle hit the bicycle with the front left of the vehicle, causing major injuries to the bicyclist.
The vehicle was seen with damage to the front headlight and front left side of the vehicle.
On January 6, 2014, a deputy observed a vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence in the 1200 block of Cherry Lane in Calimesa.
A green 2005 Ford Five Hundred matched the description of the suspect vehicle and had damage consistent with the accident scene.
Donald Johnson was contacted at the residence and it was determined he was involved in the accident. He was arrested and booked at the Smith Correctional Facility for felony hit and run.
On Jan. 17, Johnson was re-arrested for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and fleeing the scene of a vehicular manslaughter crime scene.
On January 29, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office upgraded the charges to homicide and an arrest warrant was issued. He was re-arrested and bail was set at $1 million.
Investigator’s contacted Karri Johnson at her place of business at 1:30 p.m. that same day. She was arrested for being an accessory after the fact to the vehicular manslaughter.
She was booked into the Smith Correctional Facility on charges of being an accessory.