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Hit-and-run account being investigated

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Fredericksburg police are investigating a man’s claim that a Jeep plowed into him Monday afternoon, leaving the him with two broken legs.

City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said the reported hit-and-run incident took place about 3:20 p.m., at the intersection of Park Hill Drive and Sam Perry Boulevard near the Mary Washington Hospital emergency room entrance.

The victim, a 27-year-old homeless man, told police he was riding in the crosswalk when a red Jeep turning from Park Hill Drive crashed into him.

The impact knocked the victim about 20 feet into the roadway, Bledsoe said.

A rescue squad from Stafford County that had just transported a patient to the hospital was in the area. The crew came to the bicyclist’s assistance, carrying him the short distance to the emergency room.

The victim was treated for his broken legs and other injuries, including multiple scrapes and bruises.

A woman who witnessed the incident described the Jeep driver.

Police located him Tuesday at his job. He works as part of a landscaping crew that is doing work at the hospital, police said.

But Bledsoe said the man insisted that while he remembered seeing the victim Monday, he never touched him.

She added that the witness is a friend of the victim’s.

Police are requesting that anyone else who may have seen anything to call city police at 540/373-3122.

The investigation is continuing.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

 

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