Man Charged With Using Cash for Clunkers Program to Ditch Car Used in Fatal Crash

Prosecutors have charged 23-year-old Phoenix resident Timothy M. Kissida with using the Cash for Clunkers program to ditch his BMW after a fatal hit-and-run crash.

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.