SANTA ROSA (KRON/BCN) — A 16-year-old boy was arrested on Monday in connection with a hit-and-run collision that left a skateboarder seriously injured earlier this month, Santa Rosa police said.
Investigators say two tips on Aug. 10 led them to the teen suspect. One was an anonymous letter from the suspect’s neighbor. The letter was delivered to the injured skateboarder’s family at the hospital, according to Sgt. Ryan Corcoran. The other tip came from a voicemail the suspect’s mother left on the Santa Rosa Police Department’s traffic line, investigators said.
Police say the teen had told his mother that he hit a deer to explain the damage to his vehicle. The boy’s mother initially believed her son, but later sensed it was too much of a coincidence after reading news reports about the hit-and-run of the 20-year-old skateboarder, Corcoran said.
Police say the letter from the suspect’s neighbor was left at the hospital where the victim was being treated and suggested police may want to check out his neighbor’s vehicle.
The victim has been identified as David Crowhurst, a former Sonoma County resident, who now lives in Gulf Breeze, Florida. He suffered severe head injuries in the collision with the teen’s sedan, Corcoran said.
Crowhurst is still recovering from his injuries in a hospital and is expected to survive, according to police.
The hit-and-run occurred at about 12:55 a.m. on Aug. 6 at St. Francis Road and El Encanto Drive in east Santa Rosa.
The teen was arrested around 7 a.m. Monday and was cited for felony hit-and-run. He was then released to his mother, Corcoran said.