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Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office seeking hit and run suspect


BLACK CANYON CITY – The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect in a hit and run that occurred in Black Canyon City on April 23.

YCSO reported in a news release that at approximately 2 a.m. on April 23, a vehicle struck a 20-year-old man near Indian Hills and Incline Drive. According to the news release, just before the victim was struck, the vehicle hit the passenger side of a black Tahoe that the victim was about to enter. As a result of the impact, the victim was thrown about 30 feet from where he was hit. The suspect vehicle driver stopped about 50 feet away from nearby witnesses and told them he was going to call an ambulance. He then drove away and there is no evidence he ever called for help, according to YCSO.

The victim’s friends transported him to a medical clinic in Anthem for treatment of a shattered pelvis and a concussion. Surgery is likely to repair the pelvis injury. Deputies noted that the hospital originally reported the incident after getting details from the victim and witnesses, which resulted in a 2-hour delay for law enforcement follow-up.  

The witnesses describe the suspect vehicle as a silver, older model car. YCSO reports that the driver was a very heavyset white male, in his 20s-30s, approximately 6’, with short brown hair. Witnesses indicate they could identify the man if seen again.

Evidence from the suspect vehicle was recovered at the scene and is being processed as part of the ongoing investigation. Further details will be shared when they become available.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of the suspect and/or suspect vehicle, you are urged to call YCSO at (928) 771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1(800) 932-3232. The caller to Silent Witness who provides information leading to the arrest of a suspect becomes eligible for a cash reward. Refer to case number 16-014679.