Panicked hit-and-run driver turns himself in

Paul Garrod -

    ARLINGTON TWP. - A 61-year-old Lawrence area woman was injured Monday morning, Jan. 7, as she was walking along County Road 215 in Arlington Township, and was struck by a hit-and-run driver, who later turned himself in to authorities,  according to a press release from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.
    Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel Abbott said deputies responded to the area of County Road 215 and 32nd Avenue, shortly after 9 a.m. for a car versus pedestrian personal injury hit-and-run accident.
    At the scene, deputies found the woman laying in the ditch on the east side of CR 215, just north of 32nd Avenue, with an obvious injury to her left leg.
     The victim stated she was walking to the corner to catch a bus, when she was hit from behind by an unknown vehicle that fled the scene northbound.
    The victim was transported to Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, by Pride EMS.
    Deputies found damaged pieces of a car, believed to be a silver Saturn sedan.
    The suspect driver, a 21-year- old male from the Lawrence area, later called Van Buren County Central Dispatch and said that he had hit a subject with his vehicle in the Bangor area, then fled the scene to Kalamazoo. He later turned himself in at the Bangor Police Department, where he was interviewed by Sheriff’s deputies.
    The suspect said that he was running late for school and did not see the victim walking on the side of the road, until he hit her.  The suspect stated he panicked and didn’t know what to do, and fled the scene.
    Alcohol and/or narcotics are not believed to be involved, according to Sheriff’s deputies.
     A copy of the report will be sent to the Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

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