UPDATE: Suspected driver in hit-and-run arrested in Middlesboro

UPDATE AT 9:45 P.M. ON AUGUST 9, 2021:

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Middlesboro man was arrested Monday afternoon and charged in connection to a pedestrian hit-and-run from earlier in the morning that left an elderly woman in serious condition, according to WRIL Radio.

The report says shortly after 5:00 p.m., Middlesboro Police Officer Dakota Torstrick found the vehicle believed to have been involved in the incident.

Officer Torstrick found a red Mazda on Sparks Lane, according to the report.  The vehicle’s owner, 51-year-old Rickey Fesler, was trying to repair damage done during the hit-and-run when Officer Torstrick approached, according to the report.  Fesler also threw a container of suspected marijuana as he was approached by the officer, according to WRIL Radio.

Investigators say Fesler was positively identified by a witness as the driver in question from a photo lineup, according the report. That same witness also positively identified the vehicle, according to the radio report.

Fesler was arrested and charged with assault 1st degree; two counts of tampering with physical evidence; possession of marijuana; operating on a suspected license; leaving the scene of an accident-failure to render aid or assistance; failure to maintain insurance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the report.

He was taken to the Bell County Detention Center.

Police say the case began around 9 a.m. when an elderly woman was found unconscious in the intersection of Cumberland Avenue and 30th Street in Middlesboro after being hit by a vehicle. The woman was airlifted to a hospital in Tennessee in serious condition, according to investigators. Her name wasn’t released.

Original story below from August 9, 2021:

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Middlesboro Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect and vehicle involved in a hit-and-run Monday morning that injured an elderly pedestrian at the intersection of West Cumberland Avenue and 30th Street in Middlesboro.

According to police, just before 9 a.m., officers responded to the intersection and found elderly female who had been struck by a van, lying in the roadway and unconscious.

The woman was critically injured and airlifted to the UT Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn.

Witnesses told officers a maroon minivan had struck the woman and then fled the scene. Witnesses said the maroon minivan possibly had a for-sale sign in the rear window and fled east on Cumberland Avenue, police said.

Anyone with information should to contact the Middlesboro Police Department at 606-248-3636. Any and all tips may remain anonymous.

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