LEOMINSTER, Mass. (WHDH) -
Police in Leominster have impounded a car they believe hit a bicyclist Monday night.
The car was towed to the police station just before 11 p.m. Wednesday night. Police say they have recovered a flat tire changed at a nearby auto retailer and will also collect the suspect's cell phone records.
Police in Leominster spoke to the suspect, a man in his 20s, who they believe hit a teenager on a bicycle then drove off. He told officers that the damage to his car came from a flat tire, but police are seeking an arrest warrant.
Officials say that the damage is consistent with a bike handle bar.
"I'm told by our accident reconstructionists in our department that there is... There are gouges underneath the car in the plastic. Then there is plastic on the bike," said Lt. Michael Goldman of the Leominster Police Department.
The suspect is a father of three who doesn't have a valid license.
A family member of the suspect reportedly called police after they saw news reports about the accident.
The driver hit one of two bicyclists crossing North Main Street around 9 p.m., he then allegedly drove half a mile down the street dragging the bike and then throwing it over a fence.
“That’s good to hear. It’s bad enough that he didn’t stop. If they got the guy that’s good,” Dometric Ramos, the other bicyclist at the scene of the crash, said.
Police say the suspect drove through the area several hours after the crash occurred. He said his car has damage to the fender and tire because he ran over a curb.
The victim, 16-year-old Joshua Carillo, is still in the hospital with two broken legs, but he is expected to go home on Thursday.