[mappress mapid=”21″]Seattle Police arrested a 28-year-old Capitol Hill man in Saturday night’s reported hit and run involving a Car2Go vehicle striking a bicyclist at the intersection of Bellevue Ave and E Olive St.
According to an SPD report on the incident, officers were able to track the driver down at his Capitol Hill apartment with help from the car sharing service. Saturday night, Car2Go was able to provide the name and address of the person who had last rented the car reported by the victim and witnesses at the scene of the 8:30 PM incident and also located the vehicle — still checked out to the suspect — at E Thomas and Harvard Ave where it sat with “fresh damage to the front end.” We’ve asked Car2Go for more information about its policies regarding this type of incident but have not yet heard back from the company. UPDATE: We’ve asked Car2Go about its policy for releasing information to aid police investigations and how it deals with customers who violate its terms of service but have not yet heard back from the company beyond an initial statement that representatives could not comment on this specific incident. UPDATE x2: Car2Go declined to comment on its policies but its terms of service stipulate that applicants with “driving-relate” criminal convictions are not eligible to use the service. The terms do not appear to stipulate what happens when a customer’s criminal record changes. The company is clear, however, that it will release customer information to authorities in the event of a criminal investigation:
The Member is solely responsible for the consequences of traffic offences or criminal acts that are established to have been perpetrated in connection with use of the vehicle, and shall be responsible to car2go for any fees and costs car2go may incur in connection with same. In such events, car2go is under obligation to and may provide the name of the Member to the appropriate authorities.
The 28-year-old booked on investigation of hit and run of a pedestrian told police he was driving the Smart Car at the time of the hit and run but was not aware of having hit anybody.
The bike rider and witnesses at the scene separately told police a much different story:
According to the report, the rider suffered lacerations to his shin that required emergency room treatment.
The Car2Go vehicle suffered significant damage to the driver’s side front of the car.
The arrested driver was released on $1,000 bail Sunday morning. Charges in this kind of traffic investigation can take weeks. According to Seattle records, the driver has a mostly clean ticket history in the city with only a couple of speeding infractions in recent years.
The incident wasn’t the only car vs. bike collision reported over the Easter Weekend. Medics were called out to a crash at 19th and Thomas Sunday afternoon. We’ll update this post if we find out any more about that incident.