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Police: Clunkers program used to ditch hit-run car

PHOENIX — A man accused of using the Cash for Clunkers program to ditch his BMW after a fatal hit-and-run crash is due in a Phoenix court on Thursday.

Prosecutors have charged 23-year-old Phoenix resident Timothy M. Kissida with leaving the scene of a fatal injury accident and tampering with evidence.

Phoenix police say Kissida was driving his light blue BWM 325i shortly after midnight on Aug. 8 when he hit bicyclist Charles Waldrop. The 52-year-old was riding home from work and his bike had lights and reflectors.

Later the same day, Kissida allegedly told a dealer that his car was damaged when he hit a javelina, a pig-like desert mammal. He was arrested after a tip to police.

His attorney didn't immediately return calls for comment on Wednesday. His preliminary hearing is set for Thursday.