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Suspected driver in cyclist death to remain in jail

Joanna Hartman
Sierra Sun

The Tahoe City man who faces murder charges for the death of a cyclist was denied his request to reduce bail Tuesday.

Joseph Santen, 35, is charged with murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and drunken driving in the death of 27-year-old Brad Reilly on July 16.

Santen remains in custody at county jail in Tahoe City awaiting his Aug. 30 preliminary hearing.

The defendant has three previous drunk driving convictions, according to Placer County Deputy District Attorney Chris Cattran.

Factors considered in setting or denying bail include public safety, record history and the likelihood of the defendant showing for trial, Cattran said.

Santen was arrested at his Tahoe City residence a couple hours after allegedly hitting Reilly with his Jeep near Lake Forest on Highway 28. Santen appeared under the influence of alcohol at the time of his arrest, said California Highway Patrol Officer Steve Skeen.

Reilly, a North Shore resident, initially survived the collision, but died three days later at Washoe Medical Center from head injuries.