Witnesses of hit and run help CHP track down suspected driver

Update, 8 p.m., Monday: A 31-year-old Ramona male turned himself in to California Highway patrol at the sheriff’s Ramona station around 5:30 p.m. Monday for allegedly hitting a cyclist earlier in the day, said CHP Officer Joe Nielsen.

Witnesses to the accident provided CHP with the license plate number of the vehicle they said hit the cyclist. Nielsen said that enabled him to track down the driver and leave him messages.

Around 1:05 p.m. Monday, James Swift, 69, of Ramona was riding an adult tricycle southbound on Montecito Road and was beginning  to cross Main Street on a green light when the driver of a brownish-gold 2002 GMC Yukon Denali, also on Montecito Road, turned right onto Main and hit the trike, causing Swift to topple over, according to reports.

The driver turned himself in to CHP at the sheriff’s Ramona station and charges of hit and run and driving without a license were filed, said Nielsen on Monday evening. His name could not be released as charges were pending, the CHP officer said.

Swift was transported by ambulance to Palomar Medical Center. Nielsen said Swift was confused at the scene and is a prior stroke victim.

Original story: Law enforcement officials are looking for the driver of a brownish-gold Suburban vehicle that witnesses say took off after hitting a man on a bicycle at Montecito Road and Main Street around 1:05 p.m. Monday.

Paramedics assist a 69-year-old man who was hit while riding his bicycle at Montecito Road and Main Street. Witnesses said the driver who hit him left the scene. Sentinel photo/Karen Brainard

A 69-year-old Ramona man riding an adult three-wheel cycle was taken by ambulance to Palomar Medical Center, said CHP Officer Joe Nielsen, who did not know the victim’s  condition.

According to a witness, the cyclist was southbound on Montecito Road and beginning to cross Main Street on a green light when the driver of the Suburban, also on Montecito Road, turned right onto Main and hit the bike, causing the man to topple over.

The driver stopped, picked up the man, put him in the bike seat and said “sorry,” said witness Maxwell White. White said the man ran back to his vehicle “and took off as fast as he can.”

Witnesses gave CHP a license plate number.

White said he did not know the cyclist, but “he rides his bike around town all the time.”

Nielsen said the driver is described as an Hispanic male in his twenties.

Sentinel photo/Karen Brainard

Related posts:

  1. Driver slams into Canyon Crest apartment, woman injured
  2. Driver arrested after car crashes into Bank of America
  3. Driver veers off Route 78 curve, truck hits tree
  4. Unlicensed driver causes three-vehicle accident at SR-78 and Third Street
  5. Elderly driver injured when vehicle strikes traffic signal pole

Short URL: http://www.ramonasentinel.com/?p=30004

Posted by Karen Brainard on Dec 30 2013. Filed under Featured Story, News, Ramona, Sheriff/Fire. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

12 Comments for “Witnesses of hit and run help CHP track down suspected driver”

  1. Howard Kahn

    There is no such thing as a three wheeled bicycle

    • sharla

      you seriously are disputing whether there is a 3 wheel bicycle or not? A elderly man was hurt, by a moron who has no heart. Come on, figure out the importance of this article. UGH

    • Anon

      Look at the picture at the bottom of the article. Sure looks like a three wheeled bicycle to me…

  2. ThisIsNotYourDay

    Oh Dear! They figured out it was a tricycle, good. Three wheel bicycle…lol

    Glad he has survived. Could have been worse.

    This is a good reason to not drive without a license.

  3. Guest

    Hispanic male, unlicensed, driving a large SUV, flees the scene of an accident. Another upstanding member of our community.

  4. BestIsYetToCome

    BI- Cycle = two wheels.

    Tri – Cycle = three wheels.

    Bi= two

    Tri= Three

    Your welcome.

    The cost of writing an article an not looking stupid = Priceless.

  5. BestIsYetToCome

    Better grammar to all in 2014!! I'm out of here. Happy 2014!!!

  6. dgripon

    But he said, "Sorry".

Leave a Reply

Facebook

);