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Driver Allegedly Hit And Killed Jogger On Purpose

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A man was booked on suspicion of murder after he allegedly struck and killed a jogger with his car early yesterday morning.

Haissam Massalkhy, 36, of West Covina was booked Monday on suspicion of murder, according to a release from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. His bail was set at $1 million.

The crash happened yesterday morning before 6 a.m. near La Puente Road and Citadel Drive in Walnut, according to a separate release from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. Deputies at Walnut Station responded to a 9-1-1 call in which a man said that a car had crashed into a brick wall near his home in the 20200 block of Barnard Avenue. There, they found a 1989 Toyota Camry, headed east on La Puente Road, had hit a male jogger who was running in the bike lane at the time of the crash. The jogger was carried for several yards on the hood of the Camry until it crashed into the brick wall.

The jogger was later identified as 59-year-old Chi Shao of Walnut. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Authorities first said that Massalkhy had been arrested for vehicular manslaughter, but the sheriff's department later announced that he was booked on suspicion of murder, KTLA reports.

LASD Lt. David Buckner said the two men did not appear to know each other, City News Service reports.