Posted: Jul 23, 2013 7:00 PM
Updated: Jul 24, 2013 11:01 AM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Hit and run investigators now believe a woman was driving the sport utility vehicle that slammed into a jogger on Ocean Drive over the weekend. To make matters worse, police say she drove past the scene a second time before fleeing.
Josh Newton tells us he last heard a car speed up behind him. The next thing he knew he was up on the hood and into the grass.
Fortunately, his girlfriend was nearby on a bike and was able to help. Newton suffered a dislocated shoulder along with some cuts and scrapes.
The driver of the white SUV took a left turn onto Hewitt Drive, cruised around the neighborhood, then got back onto Ocean Drive where she passed Newton. Police say she had to have known what happened.
The SUV likely has damage to the front end, hood and windshield.
The crash is just one of 1,026 hit and run incidents so far this year. Chief Floyd Simpson tells us 14 people have lost their lives to people doing something other than paying attention to their driving, then fleeing the scene of a crash.
"We are begging the community to stop it. Just stop it," said Chief Simpson.
Bicyclists are being urged to mount rear-facing cameras on their bikes, if they can afford to. The hope is police could use footage to help track down drivers if a bicyclist was ever hit.
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