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Claremont woman remains in hospital while being charged with murder

Police arrested a Claremont woman for murder on Saturday after they alleged she intentionally struck and killed a cyclist.

Sandra Wicksted, 61, is charged with one count of murder and four counts of attempted murder, according to the Los Angeles County Superior Court database. She is being held on $6.1 million bail, according to Lt. Jason Walters of the Claremont Police Department. 

Police say a green 1996 Mercury Tracer allegedly driven by Ms. Wicksted struck 54-year-old Leslie Pray on Mills Avenue adjacent to Radcliffe Drive around 11:37 a.m. Ms. Pray was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ms. Pray was traveling north in the bike lane and Ms. Wicksted was heading south on the opposite side of the street, police said. Tire marks visible on the street make it appear as though the vehicle made a sharp left hand turn directly at the victim.

Two liquor bottles were outside the vehicle, as were a range of other items including a black purse and woman’s shoes. The vehicle came to rest in the front yard of a home on the 1900 block of Mills and was also blocking the sidewalk.

Police said it appears to be a random act and the driver and bicyclist did not know each other.

Lt. Walters said Ms. Wicksted was driving erratically and at a high rate of speed eastbound on Base Line Road, made a U-turn at Monte Vista Avenue, and traveled westbound on Base Line before turning southbound on Mills. All the while allegedly trying to run down other cyclists. Lt. Walters said Ms. Wicksted had prior contacts with Claremont Police, but could not provide additional details.

Ms. Wicksted was transported to the hospital for her injuries, where she currently remains.

If you observed this vehicle driving in the area before the collision or have any additional information, please call the Claremont Police Department at 909-399-5411.

Steven Felschundneff

Matthew Bramlett