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FBI offers $10,000 reward in search for suspect in bicyclist’s death near Winters

Adrianna Melendez
Adrianna Melendez Federal Bureau of Investigaton

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the location, arrest and conviction of a woman suspected of the hit-and-run death of a bicyclist near Winters, Calif. in 2014.

The FBI seeks the public’s help in locating 26-year-old Adrianna Melendez of Winters, who may have fled the United States, according to a news release issued Monday by the FBI’s Sacramento-area office.

Melendez is sought in connection with the March 26, 2014 death of 72-year-old Dan Taylor of the Contra Costa County community of Alamo. Taylor was competing in a time trial shortly before 5 p.m., riding eastbound along Putah Creek Road, east of Interstate 505, the California Highway Patrol reported following the collision. At the same time, a vehicle traveling westbound on Putah Creek Road at an estimated 55 to 60 mph crossed into the eastbound lane and struck Taylor on his bike.

Taylor was propelled over the vehicle and into an orchard, suffering fatal injuries, according to the CHP. The motorist’s vehicle continued into the orchard, nearly hitting a tree. The motorist drove away from the scene before law enforcement officers arrived.

Investigators allege that Melendez was the driver of the vehicle that struck Taylor, according to the FBI news release. A warrant for her arrest was issued May 14, 2014, for vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run.

Investigators were unable to locate Melendez, who they believe may have fled to Mexico. The FBI seeks to locate Melendez so she can face charges in Solano County. A federal warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution was issued on April 11 of this year.

Melendez is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighing 256 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information regarding Melendez’s whereabouts is asked to call their local FBI office, or the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. Tips also may be submitted to the FBI online, at tips.fbi.gov. All tips may be submitted anonymously.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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