Thursday evening officers made contact with 67 year old Robert Joseph Hodges at his residence on Simitan Drive after having left the scene of an accident that occurred at HWY 95 / Palo Verde North.
The victim of the accident stated that his vehicle was rear ended while in the left turn lane southbound on the HWY not once, but twice – causing him to strike the vehicle in front of him. The other vehicle involved pulled through the intersection and parked in a safe location. It was the driver of the lead car which was able to identify information on Hodges’ Chevy Pickup Truck.
Officers were lead to the Simitan address based on the license plate given of the victims/witnesses at the scene. Upon arrival, officers located the vehicle in question with the matching license place, and front end damage consistent to that of the vehicles involved in the hit and run.
Hodges acknowledged the incident, stating he does not know why he fled, he felt terrible the accident occurred, and admitted to being the driver.
There were no injuries sustained from the accident so no medical attention was requested by the victims.
During the interview with officers, they noted that Hodges appeared very ill, unable to control his motor skills, listen of officers, hear or recall that days activities, and would come and go in awareness. Hodges’ sentences were not complete, and he would not respond at times after officers questioned him.
Hodges was Cited for the incident. His drivers license confiscated and sent to M.V.D. for Medical Review.