Authorities say they found the hit-and-run driver who struck a Bucks County, Pa. bicyclist just before Christmas, and he confessed to the crime twice after he left country.
Ali Hakan Cifter, 35, was indeed racing another car, as police suspected, when he struck Kevin M. Williams Sr., 52, in Bristol Borough on Dec. 19, the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office said Friday.
Police charged Cifter with vehicular homicide and related charges, and will try to extradite him. The district attorney’s office said he flew from New York to Serbia on Dec. 21.
His exact location on Friday, though, was unclear.
Cifter is an American citizen originally from Turkey, and the district attorney’s office said Cifter has since told investigators here he’s getting a lawyer in Turkey – where he told friends he was headed.
The district attorney’s office gave this account of their investigation:
After striking Williams on Route 13 near Corson Street – Williams lived in the 700 block of Corson – Cifter drove his damaged Mercedes home in Bristol Township and parked it in the garage. He told his roommate he’d struck a deer.
Cifter’s roommate called police on Dec. 23, tipping officers to the vehicle’s location.
Cifter, though, was already gone. having boarded the plane to Serbia two days prior.
Before he left, Cifter removed a Florida license plate from the rear of the Mercedes, which police found inside a small refrigerator in a bedroom of his home. He told his roommate he planned to tow the vehicle to Florida for repairs, and asked his roommate to drive him to New Jersey so that he could get another car he owned.
Co-workers at the truck terminal where both men worked later told the roommate that Cifter had left the country.
On Dec. 23, Cifter contacted the lead police investigator by phone and confessed his role in the fatal crash. He said the victim had jumped out in front of him and he drove away because he was scared.
He admitted racing another vehicle at speeds exceeding 70 mph. The next day, Cifter emailed the police, again acknowledging his involvement in the crash, the district attorney’s office said.
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