Pedestrian injured in alleged hit and run
Police arrested a South Lake Tahoe man on suspicion of felony hit and run Saturday after he allegedly struck a pedestrian near the intersection of Pioneer Trail and Lake Tahoe Boulevard and fled the scene.
Police found Andrew Stoika, 24, hiding in a closet at his Moss Road residence after he reportedly hit the man while driving a red Nissan Versa about 11:50 a.m. Saturday, South Lake Tahoe police Lt. David Stevenson said.
Stoika had just made a lefthand turn onto Pioneer Trail from Moss when he allegedly struck the 59-year-old South Lake Tahoe resident, who was walking his dog from the 7-Eleven to Moss Road, Stevenson said.
The man told police he saw that he was going to get hit and dropped the dog leash prior to impact, Stevenson said. The man was allegedly thrown over the top of the car in the collision. His prescription sunglasses were stuck in the windshield of the car following the crash, according to a police report.
The pedestrian was taken to Barton Memorial Hospital with cuts and scrapes. He was treated and released, Stevenson said. The dog was not injured.
Police were able to locate Stoika using witness reports and vehicle registration information, Stevenson said.
Stoika was booked into El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe. He remained in custody Tuesday afternoon. It is unknown if he has an attorney.