Man accused of hit and run that sent 2-year-old child to hospital | Crime
A Jonesboro man was arrested Sunday after police say he hit a young child with his Jeep, then drove away.
Michael J. Walke, 26, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving while license was cancelled, suspended or revoked.
The hit-and-run accident happened around 8:30 p.m. on Fairview at Middlefield, according to the initial police report.
A witness told Officer Keith Baggett Walke was eastbound when the two-year-old boy “ran out of a yard…and into the left rear side” of Walke’s Jeep Cherokee.
The victim’s mother reportedly went to the child and “began to yell at him for running into the street.”
Walke said he did not have a phone and left the scene to go to his sister’s house to get help, Baggett reported.
After Walke left the scene, the mother took the child to a local hospital where it was treated for a cut to the head and lip. The child also had road rash on his stomach, according to the report.
While searching for Walke, several witnesses flagged down officers and directed them to a home in the 2300-block of West Acre where Walke’s Jeep was parked.
Walke told police he returned to the scene five minutes after the accident, but “no one was around.”
When asked if ever called the police or the hospital to report the accident, Walke said he did not.
“He could not offer a reasonable explanation as to why he never called the police,” the report stated.
After Walke was taken into custody police learned he had a suspended driver’s license and was wanted on a failure to appear warrant.
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