Arrest made in Daytona Beach fatal bicycle hit-and-run

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Daytona Beach police said they have made an arrest in a deadly hit-and-run, involving a bicyclist.

Police said Robert Thomas Johnson, 24, of Deltona is in custody and being charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death.

Investigators said a black SUV hit the Susan Thompson, 22, just after 2 a.m. Wednesday near International Speedway Boulevard and South Oleander Avenue.

According to investigators, Thompson was dead before emergency responders arrived. She was the mother of a 2-year-old son.

"I'm sitting out here and a cop shows up, says those famous words, 'I hate to tell you this, but...'  My child is dead. Why is she dead? Because somebody hit her and didn't stop," said Becky Thompson, mother of Susan Thompson.

Police said three witnesses saw the accident and were able to provide them with a good description of the dark-colored SUV, which had the side mirror torn off.

"I want justice for this. That was my first born baby girl. And she's had a hell of a life and she deserved more than to die like this. More than being hit in the back on the bike and thrown in the street like a piece of garbage," said Thompson.

Investigators said the impact threw Susan Thompson from her bike, and the SUVs driver sped away.

"I call them a coward. I mean, we make mistakes, we're all human. But at least be man enough to stand up and say, 'I did it,' said Thompson.

Police said the vehicle was found in the 600 block of Marion Street in Daytona Beach.