A man who left the scene of a hit-and-run accident which left two motorcyclists injured over a week ago in Scottsdale, Arizona has now turned himself into police.
Scottsdale Police Department officials stated on Monday morning that 23-year-old Jeffrey Robert Powell-Jenkins had been apprehended and booked into jail for his part in the crash and the events that ensued.
The crash occurred on January 6, as a motorcycle rider, identified as a 52-year-old man from Tempe, and his passenger, a 50-year-old woman from Phoenix, were travelling on a Harley Davidson bike southbound on Scottsdale Road. Shortly after passing the intersection at Earll Drive, a Chevrolet Camaro, driven by Powell-Jenkins, pulled out of a private driveway, causing the riders to strike the vehicle with tremendous force.
Both riders were not wearing helmets, and were transported to Scottsdale Healthare Osborn for treatment of their traumatic injuries.
The woman passenger received what were described as life-threatening injuries, and the driver was apparently less seriously injuried and expected to survive.
Powell-Jenkins fled the scene, and a search by Scottsdale police ensued.
The investigating detectives reported that had they identified the vehicle and suspect, and found that he had been involved in a prior DUI incident in Scottsdale.
After this news came out, Powell-Jenkins turned himself in. He will be facing two counts of failing to remain at the scene of a collision.
As a Phoenix accident attorney, you rarely see someone who leaves the scene of a crash turn themselves in.
It can be said that although the initial act of leaving was reprehensible, turning himself in is in every way the right thing to do, regardless of the reasons.
There is no further information available as of yet regarding the victims in this incident, and our accident lawyers in Phoenix will keep you updated as news become available.
We hope for the full and speedy recovery of the two who were injured in this terrible collision.