Drunk driver arrested for hitting young boy and leaving scene
A Traverse City man has been arrested by Leelanau County Sheriff's deputies after he hit a teen boy and left the scene on Sunday.
The Leelanau County Sheriff's Department reports that the crash occurred on Pearl St. and Second St. in Leland at 4:29p.m. 14-year-old Carson A. Rosa of Cedar, was walking with several members of his Blue Stars baseball team on Pearl St., on their way back to an end of the year picnic, when the group noticed a Jeep that was traveling westbound had left the roadway and was out of control.
"This really crazy jeep just starts flying down the road, swerving back and forth," said Carson.
The group was along a guardrail at Second St. and all of the boys except for Carson were able to jump over the rail to avoid being hit. Carson was hit by the Jeep and was later transported to Munson Medical Center by Leland Rescue. Carson suffered a deep laceration to his right knee.
"I just stood there, and kind of braced myself for it. It kind of just clipped me and I flipped off the side of the car and flipped and hit the side of the road and he kept driving I guess," said Carson. "I don't know why he did that."
Carson's mother, Katy Rosa, was back at the party, and found out just moments later.
"One of the moms turned to me and said, 'Katy, Carson just got hit by a car,' and I immediately ran outside in the rain and thought the worst," said Katy.
While some of the teammates stayed with Carson, other's ran after the car, and ran for help. They told law enforcement that it was a yellow Jeep, and that it was out of control when it hit their friend. They last saw it head south on Main Street.
"I give them so much credit and I think they deserve to be recognized too," said Katy.
The Sheriff's Department reports that Leelanau 911 was alerted and deputies were given the vehicle description. A citizen called in that the vehicle was on S. Manitou Trail passing Duck Lake Road, and that it had a flat rear tire. A deputy located the driver and the vehicle that had a missing tire and was driving on a rim, in southern Leland Township Leelanau County Sheriff reports that the driver was located within 13 minutes of 911 being alerted.
The 27-year-old driver from Traverse City was contacted and appeared intoxicated. He told authorities that he was coming from a wedding in Leland and that he knew he had lost a tire. The driver failed field sobriety tests and blew .16% on his Breathalyzer test. He was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated 2nd offense, having been convicted of OWI in 2009.
The suspect is expected to be arraigned in court on Friday. The Sheriff's Department reports that they will be seeking additional charges.