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Teen Arrested In January Hit & Run In Boulder

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BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)- A teenager turned herself in to police in Boulder for her involvement in a hit and run that hospitalized a University of Colorado student.

The 17-year-old turned herself in to police on Thursday after a warrant was issued for her arrest on charges stemming from a hit and run accident that injured a pedestrian on Jan. 4.

Police are not identifying the suspect because she is a juvenile. Detectives said she is from Boulder County.

Mary Wakeman-Linn was crossing Baseline Road at a crosswalk near Canyon Creek Drive at about 5:25 p.m. Jan. 4 when she was struck by a car that did not stop.

Wakeman-Linn, 23, attends CU. She suffered serious bodily injury and was rushed to the hospital.

“Most of the cars had stopped and yielded to her and the car in the very far side of the outside lane either didn’t see her or hit her and continued on,” said Boulder Police spokeswoman Kim Kobel.

People who use the crosswalk said it’s not unusual for cars to blast through the crossing while pedestrians wait on Baseline Road near the CU campus in Boulder.

“People just don’t stop. I often times would actually put my arm up and wave them down to get them to stop,” said pedestrian Hannah Buhrmann. “There have been times when I almost got hit.”

The teenage suspect faces a total of seven charges, two of them are felonies. The charges include: vehicular assault and failed to remain at the scene after an accident involving serious bodily injury, both felonies, failed to notify police of an accident, drove motor vehicle when license under restraint, drove an unsafe motor vehicle, overtaking vehicle when stopped for pedestrian in marked crosswalk and failed to yield right of way to pedestrian in crosswalk.

“She was walking and she was hit. It was clear that she was hit and kept on going and didn’t stop,” said Kobel. “When you’re in a crosswalk the safest thing to do is to not assume that everyone else is doing what they’re supposed to be doing.”

The teenage suspect had been identified as a person of interest early in the case. After further investigation police were able to obtain enough evidence for the arrest warrant.

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