Officials seek local man in hit-and-run
ASPEN A hit-and-run accident Monday afternoon left a Canadian tourist in the hospital and police in search of the car’s driver.Giles Saint Pierre, in his 50s, did not have any life-threatening injuries but spent Monday night at Aspen Valley Hospital with abrasions all over his body, according to the Colorado State Patrol. No bones were confirmed broken. A Toyota truck was heading north on Aspen Street, where the street turns to a dirt road and some construction traffic is present, when it hit Saint Pierre. The Canadian tourist was running on the right shoulder of the road when the truck approached a blind crest, said State Patrol trooper Nick Kristie. Kristie said the truck swerved but still struck Saint Pierre. “The person did flee the scene,” Kristie said. “We know who they are, so there will be charges filed when we catch up with them.” The driver is reportedly a Pitkin County man. The state patrol spoke with family members and friends Monday evening, but the driver had not turned himself in as of 7:30 p.m.Kristie said the man likely will be charged with hit-and-run, failure to report, failure to remain on the scene after hitting a pedestrian and possibly careless driving. Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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