Posted: Mar 28, 2013 1:47 PM by Ben Lloyd - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Mar 29, 2013 10:33 AM
CORPUS CHRISTI - According to the arrest affidavit submitted by a hit and run investigator, Pat Suter was more worried about damage to her car than the local attorney she's accused of hitting on Ocean Drive earlier this month.
Sgt. David Schwartz wrote the following about his exchange with Suter after getting consent to search her vehicle:
"Mrs. Suter agreed and once she signed the form she stated 'poor thing.' I stated I am sorry and she said, 'My poor car.' I then stated, you should be saying 'Poor Mr. Leshin.' She then stated that 'He should have had tail lights on the bicycle.' I told her he did and she then stated, 'He should have worn more reflective clothing.' I then advised her that she should stop talking."
Read the entire affidavit for yourself - Suter-Affidavit.pdf
When Sgt. Schwartz arrived at the Suter family home to ask about their 2012 Ford Focus he was told they'd already spoken with an attorney.
Sgt. Schwartz's report states when he took a look at the car in Suter's garage, her son removed a piece of newspaper from the front right bumper that covered some damage. The officer states the damage as "consistent with the parts that were recovered from the scene."
Scwhartz also wrote the he noticed a large dent in the hood "indicative of the victim hitting the hood before being thrown to the ground."
According to affidavit, Suter told the investigator she was driving to the Hans and Suter Wildlife Refuge for a day of work with Citgo employees.
Suter's attorney told reporters yesterday that his client thought she hit a trash can on the morning of Saturday, March 16th. The family contacted attorney Mark Di Carlo after seeing news reports of the bicyclist being hit that morning.
Attorney Richard Leshin says he only heard a car come up behind him before he was knocked to the ground. Leshin suffered two broken vertebrae and a broken ankle. The driver never stopped to check on him.
Pat Suter surrendered last night, shortly after a warrant for her arrest was issued for causing an 'accident involving personal injury or death.' She got out on a $50,000 bond early this morning.
Her son says she is resting today after spending the night in jail and may speak with the media today.
When asked about her arrest, Leshin said, "My perception is she's been in hiding. It puts a damper on my thoughts and it makes me want to be more aggressive for the penalty phase."
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