Ames police are investigating a hit and run that happened early Friday morning.
“I watched the guy fly 10 feet in front of my car,” recounts witness, Andrew Scheider, “certainly one of the most surreal experiences of my life.”
Around 1:50 a.m. an Ames officer in Campustown also witnessed 22-year-old Shawn Molitor, of Ames, crossing Welch Avenue and being struck by a vehicle. The black pick up fled the scene but officers were able to track it and the driver a few blocks away arresting driver, Jimmy Hatley.
“The driver was seen taking off at a high rate of speed north bound here on Welch, ISU police caught up to the vehicle about 3 or 4 blocks from here on Greeley Street,” Ames police Lt. Tom Shelton said, “We were able to detain the driver at this time.”
Hatley is charged with serious injury by vehicle, OWI 1st, leaving the scene of a serious injury accident and reckless driving. The 24-year-old is in the Story County Jail.
Molitor was first taken to Mary Greeley Medical Center and has since been transferred to Mercy. He is listed in critical condition.