Wicksted found competent to stand trial in cyclist’s death

A Claremont woman has been found fit to stand trial in the death of a local cyclist.

Sandra Marie Wicksted, 62, has an arraignment date set for Friday, August 9. Her case has remained in limbo for months, culminating in a mental competency hearing on August 2.

She was found mentally competent to stand trial at that hearing, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Ms. Wicksted is accused of intentionally running her car into 54-year-old Leslie Pray, who was riding her bicycle north on Mills Avenue in November 2018.

Ms. Pray was pronounced dead at the scene. It was the first homicide in Claremont since 2015.

Ms. Wicksted has also been charged with three counts of attempted murder and one count of attempted grand theft, according to the Los Angeles County Superior Court database.

Ms. Wicksted has yet to enter a plea. She is currently in custody on $6.1 million bail.


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