A redmond man has been charged with vehicular assault and felony hit-and-run as a result of a collision in which a woman bicyclist was run...
A Redmond man has been charged with vehicular assault and felony hit-and-run as a result of a collision in which a woman bicyclist was run over and trapped beneath his car.
The charges were brought yesterday against Steven E. Riedel, 58, who was accused of running over Gail A. Alef as she was riding her bicycle along Willows Road west of downtown Redmond about 9:50 a.m. Sunday.
Alef, 54, suffered critical injuries, including multiple pelvic fractures, internal bleeding, fractures to her spine and ribs, and was still in intensive care yesterday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
According to the charges, police called to the scene found Alef trapped under a black 1993 Nissan 300ZX, which was on the sidewalk facing northbound in the southbound lanes.
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Witnesses said a group of bicyclists was riding south along Willows Road when the Nissan, traveling north, drifted across the centerline.
The bicyclists tried to avoid the car, but Alef struck a curb and fell into the path of the Nissan, was trapped under it and dragged several feet.
The driver then got out and walked away. Other witnesses said the car was weaving along the roadway and struck the curb several times.
Officers then went to a nearby golf course, where Riedel had been seen walking. When they found him there, about three blocks from the accident scene, he was naked from the waist down. They described him as being non-responsive and uncooperative.
Riedel was taken to Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, where blood was drawn that will be submitted to a toxicology laboratory for testing.
The King County prosecutor’s office concluded there is “compelling evidence” that Riedel was the driver and that he left the scene without rendering assistance.
Riedel is unemployed and has no known criminal-conviction history or moving violations, the charges added.
He is being held in King County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail and is to be arraigned Wednesday.
Peyton Whitely: 206-464-2259 or firstname.lastname@example.org