Update: Truckee man arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run; accident was not his fault
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; A 43-year-old Truckee man was arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run after police said he drove away from the scene of a vehicle vs. cyclist collision in which it was determined the person riding the bike was at fault.
According to the Truckee Police Department, Miguel Martinez-Lopez, 43, was driving near the intersection of Donner Pass Road and Northwoods Boulevard at approximately 5:30 p.m. Sunday when the vehicle he was driving was struck by Truckee resident William Mooney, 31, who was riding a bicycle.
A police investigation revealed Mooney and#8212; who was transported to Tahoe Forest Hospital for treatment of serious facial and head injuries and#8212; failed to stop for a red light and was at fault.
Martinez-Lopez reportedly stepped out of his vehicle to check on Mooney, but later fled in his vehicle, according to police. While en route to the scene, Truckee Fire ambulance crews alerted police after seeing what later was determined to be Martinez-Lopezand#8217;s vehicle at a high rate of speed as it passed the fire station.
At approximately 6:20 p.m., Truckee police located Martinez-Lopezand#8217;s vehicle at Donner Creek Mobile Home Park. Martinez-Lopez was arrested for being an unlicensed driver with no proof of insurance, and on suspicion of felony hit and run. His bail was set at $10,000.
While Truckee Police declined to reveal Mooneyand#8217;s name Monday until next-of-kin was notified, Capt. Harwood Mitchell on Tuesday released his name and said Mooney has been transferred from the intensive care unit at Renown Medical Center in Reno (after being moved from Tahoe Forest) and is in stable condition.
Richard Anderson, who has represented Truckee and eastern Nevada County’s District 5 since first being elected in 2012, has announced he will not seek re-election in 2020.