Breckenridge police charge 24-year-old in hit-and-run that left woman seriously injured
SUMMIT COUNTY — A Summit County resident was arrested Tuesday, Dec. 30, in connection with a hit-and-run four days earlier.
Hallie Southall Schmitt, 24, faces charges of failing to remain at the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury, a Class 4 felony, vehicular assault, a Class 5 felony, and failure to report an accident, a Class 1 misdemeanor.
She was booked into the Summit County jail on $7,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court for an advisory hearing Wednesday.
The Breckenridge Police Department started investigating the incident after Breckenridge resident Laura Hamilton, 23, was seriously injured by a vehicle sometime between 10:45 and 11:25 p.m. Friday while walking along Airport Road.
The driver left while Hamilton lay partly in the road.
Based on debris at the scene, detective Alex Blank determined the vehicle that hit Hamilton was a Toyota 4Runner, limited edition V8, made between 2003 and 2009.
At 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, Blank saw a vehicle matching that description with front-end damage going north on Highway 9 near Frisco. Schmitt was driving the car and was stopped near Peak One Drive.
Hamilton was released from St. Anthony Summit Medical Center and is recovering from head, back and leg injuries.
Though it’s unclear whether alcohol or other substances were a factor in the hit-and-run, Breckenridge police chief Shannon Haynes encouraged people to make responsible plans for New Year’s Eve celebrations.
“Please make arrangements to have a sober driver if you intend to celebrate with alcohol or marijuana. The risk posed by drinking drivers to our communities is significant, and we don’t want to have people injured or killed as we turn the calendar,” Haynes said in a written statement. “All over Summit County and statewide there will be extra DUI patrols trying to keep our communities safe.”
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