Tip Leads to Suspected Hit-and-run Driver

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COLUMBIA TWP - Police in Columbia Township have located a woman they believe is responsible for a hit-and-run accident that injured a bicyclist.

On October 11th, a 54-year-old man riding a bicycle on Cement City Road near Kelly Road was struck by a car. The man was thrown from his bicycle and sustained injuries to his right side, including a broken arm. Police had a description of the car as a Ford 500 or Taurus, gold in color.

Police say they recently received a tip, and found a gold Ford 500 with missing parts that matched the evidence from the accident. Police interviewed the registered owner of the car, who initially said another person had been driving the car at the time of the accident. Police say that during a second interview, the woman admitted she was driving the car at the time of the accident. She tells police she did not realize she had struck a person, but thought she had hit a mailbox.

The Jackson County prosecutor will have to review the Columbia Township police report, and decide if charges are warranted. The name of the woman is not being released, unless she is charged.

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