Suspect in fatal DUI crash had served time for ramming house

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RENO, NV (KOLO)-- The Washoe County District Attorney's Office confirms a man accused of driving drunk and hitting and killing a bicyclist in Reno was recently released from prison after serving time for ramming a Sparks home in 2009.

Eric Michael Cross, 38. Washoe County jail photo.

38-year-old Eric Cross was arrested April 19, 2019 for suspicion of driving under the influence, failure to yield a left turn and driving on a revoked license. 63-year-old Deven Dyer Hickingbotham died several hours after being hit, allegedly by Cross, at Lakeside Drive and Moana Lane that same day.

RPD’s major accident investigation team is looking for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to call 775-334-2141.

According to the Nevada Department of Corrections, Cross served eight years in Nevada State Prison for a variety of charges connected to driving drunk and intentionally hitting a house in Sparks he thought was the home of an ex-girlfriend. Instead, two other people were in the house. They were not seriously hurt, but they lost all their belongings in the crash.

Cross was released on parole in 2017.

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The Reno Police Department takes a driver into custody following an accident with a bicycle at Lakeside Drive and Moana Lane. Photo by Ed Pearce/KOLO.
A bicycle left after an accident with a vehicle at Moana Lane and Lakeside Drive. Photo by Ed Pearce/KOLO.
The scene of an accident on Moana Lane at Lakeside Drive. Photo by Mike Cooper/KOLO.