Suspect Arrested in Hit & Run that Injured Four Bicyclists
(BayAreaNewsTalk.com) – A suspect has been arrested in a hit-and-run that injured a group of four bicyclists Saturday in unincorporated Marin County, a California Highway Patrol officer said this morning.
Aaron Paff, 21, of Novato, was arrested at his home just before midnight Saturday and booked into the Marin County Jail on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, said CHP Officer Andrew Barclay.
The four bicyclists who were injured in the incident are in stable condition in the hospital, Barclay said. One of them had been taken by air ambulance to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, he said. All four are expected to survive, the CHP officer said.
Officers were called just before noon Saturday to a collision on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road just west of Hicks Valley Road.
The initial caller said that four bicyclists were involved in a collision but later officers learned a vehicle was also involved and its driver drove away from the scene, according to the CHP.
Witnesses told officers that a dark blue Dodge Ram pickup truck was traveling west on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road when the driver appeared to swerve to the right and intentionally drive into the group of bicyclists, the CHP said.
The CHP asked the public for help in finding the suspect, describing his truck as a midnight blue Dodge Ram crew cab pickup truck with some damage to the right side
Barclay expressed gratitude to the community for contacting the CHP with tips. He said numerous individuals contacted the CHP with information.
The information helped the officers locate the suspect and the suspect vehicle, he said.
“We were able to locate the vehicle in the (suspect’s) driveway and were able to confirm with the pictures we had and the damage we observed on the vehicle it was the same vehicle from the collision,” Barclay alleged.
“We brought in additional units and assistance from Novato police.
Just before midnight we contacted him at his residence and he was taken into custody without incident,” Barclay said.
Referring to photos and video provided to the CHP, Barclay said, “We were very fortunate. We had great tools to work with and a great community to help us out.”