Hit and run driver on the loose while pedestrian who was hit rec - Tucson News Now

Hit and run driver on the loose while pedestrian who was hit recovers

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

On Thursday afternoon, witnesses reported to Tucson Police that a white Dodge Intrepid hit a woman and fled the scene at Golf Links and Wilmot, and then fled a witness who tried to stop the vehicle as well.

Tucson Police and the victim's son said that the woman was walking west on Golf Links at Wilmot, and made eye contact with the driver of the Dodge Intrepid waiting to pull out of the gas station on the southeast corner onto Golf Links.

They said that the driver waived the woman past as if to let her walk by first.

But as she walked in front of the car, witnesses said that it pulled out and hit her, and then left the scene.  The car then evaded someone who drove after the car.

Tucson Police said that leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in an injury is a possible felony offense.  The woman went to the hospital with a broken leg and her son said that she needed surgery.

"It could be somebody's mother, like today, it was my mother, so, you know, it was a really scary day today, you know, I was stuck at work not knowing what to do, so, I couldn't just run and help her at that moment," said the woman's son, Daniel Peters.

"It does appear she did what we really recommend and that's to make eye contact and know that person sees you and not just expect the car's going to stop for you.  So, unfortunately, in this incident, it didn't work out that way.  But we still stress for pedestrians and drivers alike just to be vigilant.  You know there's drivers on the street, we know there's pedestrians, just watch out for each other.  And on top of that, if you're involved in a collision, you need to stick around. It becomes a much more serious offense if you leave," said Tucson Police Sgt. Chris Widmer.

So far this year Tucson has had three pedestrian fatalities.

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