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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was motorist arrested in bicyclist’s 2006 hit-and-run death on Howe Avenue?

In the mid-2000s, Michael McKinney was riding his bike home from work when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver and killed. Was the killer ever found and convicted?

– Michelle, Elk Grove

Janelle Jacobs was arrested after forensic evidence and assistance from the community linked her to the June 20, 2006, crash that killed 57-year-old Michael McKinney.

Jacobs, who was 28 at the time of the crash, pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter and failure to stop to report an accident, according to Sacramento Superior Court online records. She was sentenced in September 2007 to two years in state prison.

According to stories in The Bee, McKinney was riding along Howe Avenue between Fair Oaks Boulevard and University Drive about 1 a.m. when he was struck from behind by a 1995 Honda Accord. The driver sped away from the scene.

Family members said that McKinney, who had retired from the California Office of Criminal Justice Planning, had umpired a softball game at a park on Howe Avenue the night he was killed. They said the last game probably ended too late for him to catch light rail, and McKinney likely decided to ride his bike from the park to his home in south Sacramento, seven miles away.

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