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Jeep driver cleared in hit-and-run investigation

BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR

Fredericksburg police have determined that a man’s claim that a Jeep driver ran into him Monday afternoon is unfounded.

City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said that driver has been cleared following an investigation into the incident. The driver of the Jeep was not named because he was never charged.

The victim, a 27-year-old homeless man, told police that he was riding his bicycle near the intersection of Park Hill Drive and Sam Perry Boulevard Monday afternoon when a red Jeep plowed into him near the Mary Washington Hospital emergency room entrance.

Bledsoe said the victim was treated in the emergency room.

A friend of the victim’s told police she witnessed the incident. She backed the victim’s claim and described the Jeep driver, who happened to be in the area at the time.

Bledsoe said the Jeep driver was found that same day and was cooperative with police. He vehemently denied making any contact with the victim.

Police were later contacted by an independent witness who said he was behind the Jeep driver and said the Jeep had already pulled away by the time the bicyclist lost control of his bike and crashed into a curb.

Police were told that the bicyclist was traveling fast down a hill when he wrecked on his own.

Police also reviewed surveillance cameras in the area as part of the investigation, Bledsoe said.

No charges had been filed against the victim or his friend as of Friday, police said.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

 

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