Witness helps apprehend driver in bicycle hit and run
August 22, 2012
A witness who saw a South Lake Tahoe bicyclist hit by a white Subaru on Highway 89 and 12th Street aided police in finding the driver.
According to South Lake Tahoe Police, the accident occurred at 5 p.m. Tuesday when the stationwagon swerved into the northbound bicycle lane and hit Adam Rose, 38, causing major injuries..
As Rose was being treated for his injuries, the witness followed the Subaru and called 911. The driver of the Subaru was involved in a second accident, hitting tree stumps of the side of the road near Tahoe Island and Tahoe Vista avenues. The witness guided police to the Subaru, whose driver attempted to evade them and became involved in a third accident at Bi-State Petroleum. The driver of the Subaru was forced to stop when the vehicle became impaled on the steel and concrete barriers in front of the business.
The driver of the Subaru, South Lake Tahoe resident Christine Whalen, 54, then tried to flee on foot, but was captured by police officers.
South Lake residents who saw the collisions helped officers find Whalen by pointing out where she went and identifying her as the driver.
Whalen was treated and released at Barton Hospital for minor injuries sustained in the collisions and then booked into the El Dorado County Jail on charges of suspicion of felony driving while under the influence, felony hit and run, misdemeanor hit and run, misdemeanor evading police officers, and misdemeanor obstructing, delaying or resisting arrest.
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The investigation is continuing and anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to call the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, at (530) 542-6100.