UPDATE: Savoy man arrested in hit-and-run that left Urbana bicyclist hospitalized


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UPDATE, 12:55 a.m.:

URBANA — A Savoy man has been arrested in a hit-and-run Monday evening in southeast Urbana that left a bicyclist hospitalized with what police called potentially life-threatening injuries.

According to a release from Urbana police, officers were called at 8:12 p.m. to a report of a hit-and-run crash in the 1600 block of High Cross Road, where they found a 28-year-old Urbana man with serious injuries.

Police learned from witnesses that three bicyclists were riding south on High Cross Road in a single-file line in the right lane when a vehicle approached from behind and struck the last bicyclist in line, then left the scene without stopping.

A witness was able to provide a description of the vehicle and its license plate, and an Illinois state trooper who arrived on the scene coordinated a search. A second trooper ultimately located the car in the 800 block of Hartwell Court in Savoy, where Mitchell J. Snodgrass, 22, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Police were still at the scene of the crash late Monday evening. The victim remains hospitalized in serious condition with what police described as potentially life-threatening injuries.

Urbana police are asking anyone with information, photos or video of the crash to contact them at 217-384-2320 or, if wishing to remain anonymous, Champaign County Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477 or 373tips.com or via the free "P3 Tips" mobile app.

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Original story, published 10:33 p.m.:

URBANA — Emergency personnel were called to the scene of a crash Monday evening in southeast Urbana in which a vehicle hit a pedestrian.

According to preliminary information from Urbana police, the vehicle struck the pedestrian at 8:14 p.m. in the 1900 block of South High Cross Road, also Illinois 130.

An Airlife helicopter was reportedly called to the scene, and Illinois 130 was temporarily closed to allow emergency personnel to work.

No immediate information was available on the injured person's condition.


Tim Mitchell is a reporter at The News-Gazette. His email is tmitchel@news-gazette.com, and you can follow him on Twitter (@mitchell6).