Driver accused of leaving scene of motorcycle accident without rendering aid – Times Record News
A Wichita Falls man is accused of fleeing the scene of a wreck that sent a motorcycle driver to the hospital, according to court records.
He allegedly told an officer he left the scene because he was scared and needed to clear his head, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by police.
A Wichita County grand jury has indicted George Luis Saurez, 30, on one count of accident involving personal injury, according to court documents filed July 23.
Saurez is accused of fleeing the scene of an April 29 accident between a truck and a motorcycle without giving his information or assisting the motorcyclist when it was clear he needed medical treatment, according to court documents.
Saurez was free Tuesday from Wichita County Jail on a $10,000 bond, online jail records showed.
If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.
A probable cause affidavit gave this account: About 9:32 a.m. April 29, a Wichita Falls police officer responded to an accident between a Chevy truck and a motorcycle in the 100 block of Scott Avenue.
One of the drivers involved had fled on foot.
Reported walking by the Wichita Falls Public Library at 11th Street and Indiana Avenue, he was wearing a blue shirt and black hat turned backwards.
The officer checked the area for him and went into the library. He found a man matching the suspect’s description sitting at a table.
The officer introduced himself to Saurez, who seemed nervous. The officer asked Saurez if he knew why he was there.
“Because of the accident,” Saurez said.
The officer detained him and put him in handcuffs. Saurez asked if he were under arrest.
The officer told him he was just detained and if he had stayed at the scene of the crash, he would not be in any trouble.
In reply, Saurez said he was afraid and needed to clear his head. The officer took him back to the scene of the accident.
A witness told police she saw a white Chevy truck make an illegal turn in the 1100 block of Scott, nearly colliding with a motorcycle.
The motorcyclist laid his bike down on its left side to avoid a collision. Then the witness saw the truck’s driver park his vehicle and walk away.
He did not stop to check on the motorcycle driver or provide lawfully required information.
The driver of the motorcyclist was transported by A.M.R. with a possible fractured wrist and a possible fractured or dislocated hip.
The officer then told Saurez that he was under arrest and took him to jail.