Driver Charged in Ames Hit-and-Run Crash

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AMES, Iowa — Ames police have charged the driver from a July 4 hit and run on Highway 30 that seriously injured a man.

Craig Christman, 53, turned himself in to police Friday morning on an outstanding warrant.

The warrant stems from a July 4 accident on Highway 30 at the eastbound Duff Avenue exit ramp. Police found a vehicle that had been hit and flipped over. The driver Manuel Rocha, 22, had been thrown from it.

Rocha was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

Witnesses told officers that a grey SUV made an unsafe lane change, hitting the victim`s vehicle and continued down the exit ramp.

Officers found the vehicle at a nearby Lowes store with Christman inside. Police say there was damage on Christman`s vehicle consistent with the collision.

Christman was questioned by investigators and denied involvement, but did admit to driving the route where the accident occurred.

Police say Christman failed field sobriety tests, a breath test and a chemical test.

Christman has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious injury, serious injury by vehicle, first offense OWI and unsafe lane change.

He’s being held in the Story County Jail.


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