Woman arrested for Saturday hit-and-run

Pedestrian suffered "serious but non-life threatening" injuries

Police say they have arrested a woman for failing to render aid after a reported hit-and-run on Saturday.


Yvonne R. Bennett, 42, was arrested Tuesday afternoon and taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center, police said in a release.

Bennett is accused of striking a pedestrian who was crossing Glacier Highway at Jordan Avenue on Saturday evening with a sports utility vehicle and fleeing the scene, police say.

The pedestrian, whose name was not released and who was only identified as a 50-year-old woman, was taken to the hospital for “serious but non-life threatening injuries,” according to the release. She has since been released from the hospital, the release states.

Police said earlier that they located the suspect vehicle unoccupied on Teal Street about 20 minutes after the hit and run, and that it had been reported as stolen.

Police now say that an investigation revealed the vehicle was not stolen, but had been borrowed by Bennett.

Online court records indicate Bennett is charged with failing to comply with a state statute that requires the operator of a vehicle involved in an accident that resulted in injury to give information and render assistance.

That’s an unclassified felony that can be punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.


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