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February 23, 2024

Hit-and-Run Arrest: Bicyclist Critically Injured in Auburn; 40-Year-Old Woman Faces Charges

In the aftermath of a weekend hit-and-run incident that left a woman critically injured, an Alexander City resident, Thomasina LaShun Smith, 40, has been arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injury, according to Auburn police.

The collision occurred on Saturday in the vicinity of North College Street and Farmville Road. Responding to a report of an unresponsive woman on the roadside, police discovered that the victim had been struck while riding her bicycle on North College Street. The victim remains in critical but stable condition in the hospital.

Through a combination of evidence gathered at the scene and witness statements, authorities identified Smith as the driver responsible for striking the victim and fleeing the scene. Smith was taken into custody on Sunday and is currently held in the Lee County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

Emphasizing the importance of driver vigilance when approaching cyclists, police officials reminded the public that Alabama law mandates a minimum clearance of 3 feet between a motorist’s vehicle and a bicycle being passed.

The Auburn Police Department encourages anyone with information about Saturday’s hit-and-run to contact the police department’s tip line at 334-246-1391. Cooperation from the community is crucial in resolving the case and ensuring justice for the injured bicyclist.

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