Son, mom seeking witnesses to hit and run


February 27, 2012 - 5:05 pm
Tim Sloan said a man driving a Nissan truck hit him and then drove off Saturday while he was crossing the intersection at Smith-Enke Road and North John Wayne Parkway. Photo by Tim Howsare.

Tim Sloan said he had the “Walk” signal while crossing the intersection at Smith-Enke Road and North John Wayne Parkway Saturday when a male driver turned south onto the parkway and struck him in the side, causing soft-tissue injuries that required treatment in an emergency room.

On Monday he had a large bruise above his knee and walked with a limp.

“I had the light, and out of the corner of my eye I saw a truck making the turn, but the guy never slowed down. He just hit me,” Sloan said.

To make matters worse, Sloan said, after the man hit him, he got out of his truck and tried to beat him up. Then the man got back into his vehicle and sped off when a few other people stopped to see if he was OK, Sloan said.

Sloan and his mother, Catherine Hoffman, said the hit and run occurred around 5:30 p.m. The truck was a silver Nissan Frontier, they said, and the driver was in his 30s, had brown hair and was wearing a suit and tie.

“He needs to be responsible for this,” Hoffman said.

Sloan, 32, moved to The Villages from California in November to live with his mom while trying to find a job. But now, because of his injuries, he will be held back in his search for work, his mother said.

Sloan said he crosses that intersection often and always obeys traffic signals as a pedestrian. Plus, relocating from California, he said he’s always on the lookout for crazy drivers.

“I’m used to stupid drivers in San Francisco,” he said.

Maricopa Police Chief Steven Stahl said the accident was reported to police about an hour after Sloan and Hoffman said it occurred.

Police thought the vehicle may have been on its way to the Ak-Chin casino, but the casino lots were checked and no vehicle fitting the description of the Nissan was discovered, he said.

“The vehicle had an hour head start on us,” he said.

Hoffman posted a classified ad on asking for anyone who witnessed the accident to call her.

Anyone with information about the incident can call Hoffman at 520-421-4892 or MPD at 520-316-6800.



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