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Soquel Woman Arrested for Cyclist's Death

Noel Hamilton, 31, was hit and killed on Soquel San Jose Road the night of June 27.

A 33-year-old Soquel woman was arrested Tuesday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run collision in Santa Cruz two months ago, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Sundara Wertz was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run, the CHP said.

She is suspected of driving a white 1999 Infiniti QX4 that struck and killed Noel Hamilton, 31, as he was riding his bicycle on June 27, according to the CHP.

At about 10:10 p.m. that evening, Wertz's Infiniti was going north on Soquel-San Jose Road when it allegedly collided with Hamilton, who was also traveling north on his bike.

Hamilton, a Soquel resident, was pronounced dead on the road.

Wertz initially fled the scene and then returned to provide a
statement to CHP officers.

She surrendered to officers at about 4 p.m. at Santa Cruz County Jail following a CHP investigation that found she was responsible for the crash.

If convicted, Wertz could face punishments ranging from probation to a state prison sentence.

—Bay City News

brian e gromme August 08, 2012 at 06:29 AM
Sonja-Joy Wertz wasnt tracked down and arrested , it was more like site and release. she may have went down to the sheriff's office , an she may have been arrested, but she bailed out within the hour. as we might recall Noel A. Hamilton was killed, not just injured, but killed, and she did it, an do you know what she gets for punishment for taking the life of a human being ?????????????????????? nothing, she doesn't have to a fine, it wont bring noel back, anyways, she doesn't have to do any jail time, that wont bring noel either. she doesn't have to go to prison, that wont bring noel back either. she doesn't have to squat, nothing. i don't that is right , i pretty much know that she didn't plan on taking the life of another human being that tragic night, seems to me even if you accidently kill someone, and the law finds out that you did it, weather or not you intended to inflict bodily harm on somebody, when its all said and done and somebody lost their life because of you did , you have to pay. why is she not having to do anything, but be free ? where it happened is the most lit up section of soquel san jose road and o'neil street, ( just south a little ), i go past it , sometimes 6 or 7 times a day weather i want to or not @

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