Driver Arrested for Hit and Run with Bicyclist

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A Newport Beach resident turned himself in to police this week in regards to a hit and run traffic collision on Tuesday that critically injured a 14-year-old bicyclist, authorities reported.

Anthony Michael George, 36, turned himself in to Newport Beach Police Department traffic investigators around 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to NBPD spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella.

Investigators interviewed George before taking him into custody and booking him for Felony Hit & Run, Manzella wrote in a press release.

Police also impounded a champagne-colored Mercedes for further investigation.

A hit and run involving a vehicle and a bicyclist was reported to police at approximately 9:22 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of E. Bay and Anade avenues.

The young rider, a 14-year-old girl from San Carlos, was on a beach-cruiser type bicycle, according to police. She was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision, NBPD reported.

“(The bicyclist) sustained life-threatening injuries as a result,” Manzella wrote in the NBPD statement. “Newport Beach Fire Department personnel responded to the scene to provide treatment and transport her to a local trauma center.”

At the time of the collision, a group of bicyclists was traveling east-bound on E. Bay Avenue and the involved vehicle was traveling westbound on E. Bay Avenue, Manzella explained.

The suspect fled the area without stopping to render aid to the injured party. The involved vehicle was initially described as a silver or white Mercedes.

It is an on-going investigation.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this collision to contact Investigator Dave Darling at (949) 644-3746 or [email protected].

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