Deputies: Driver flees after hitting pedestrian, turns himself in
VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. -- A driver who allegedly hit a pedestrian on CR 215 Monday morning fled the scene, then turned himself in to police, according to the Van Buren County Sheriff's Department.
Deputies responded to CR 215 and 32nd Avenue around 9 a.m. Monday after a 61-year-old woman was struck by a car.
When officers arrived they found the victim in the ditch to the east side of the road with a visible injury to her left leg.
The victim told deputies she was walking to the corner to catch a bus when she was hit from behind by an unknown vehicle.
The victim was transported to Bronson Methodist Hospital by Pride EMS.
Deputies found damaged pieces of a car which is believed to be from a silver Saturn sedan.
The suspect, a 21-year-old man from the Lawrence area, contacted Van Buren County dispatch and advised he had struck the woman and fled to Kalamazoo, according to deputies.
He later turned himself in at the Bangor Police Department where he was interviewed by deputies.
The suspect told deputies he was running late to school and didn't see the victim walking on the side of the road until he hit her. He said he panicked and fled the scene.
Alcohol and narcotics are not believed to be factors in the crash.