Authorities have arrested the driver they believe struck a pedestrian in College Station and failed to report it, despite the driver's claims to the contrary.
Denson Martin, 59, was arrested Friday and charged with failure to stop and render aid in an accident with serious bodily injury. It's a third degree felony charge for the New Waverly man.
Late Saturday night, police came upon the victim on Holleman Drive South. The person, who was not named by police, was taken to the College Station Medical Center with what were only described as incapacitating injuries.
Sunday around 7:00 a.m., CSPD reports they received a call from Martin, who told them he had hit a person on foot on Holleman. When he met with police, authorities say Martin told them he had been blinded by the lights of an oncoming car and initially thought he had hit a deer. He eventually realized it was a person, and according to police, Martin told them he had stopped to check on the victim. Martin said he didn't have a phone, so he told the victim he was going to Rattler's Country Store on Holleman to get help.
Martin then told police he went to the store, yelled to the clerk to get help, and went to an apartment to tell friends.
CSPD officials say they reviewed the store's surveillance footage and saw no sign of Martin or his vehicle at any time close to the accident.
Damage on Martin's car was consistent with a soft object being hit, officers said.
Walker County deputies arrested Martin Friday after a warrant for his arrest was issued Wednesday.
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