Paducah teen arrested in Noble Park hit-and-run case, case going before grand jury

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PADUCAH, Ky. - The teen charged in the hit-and-run that hurt a local doctor will see his case go before grand jurors.

Paducah, Kentucky Police accuse 18-year-old William T Hayes, Jr. of hitting Dr. Jay Pittman while the doctor was riding his bike in Noble Park on August 18.

After hitting Pittman, police say Hayes drove off.  Pittman suffered a brain hemorrhage and broke his shoulder as a result of being hit.

Police say Hayes was charged after he went to the police department a few days later to "clear his name." Hayes told police that he was a passenger in the car that hit Pitman, but further investigation revealed he had been driving the vehicle at the time.

Hayes later admitted to police that he was driving the car when it hit Pitman. He added that he had smoked marijuana and taken prescription medication shortly before hitting Pitman's bicycle.

Hayes faces charges of 1st Degree Assault and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

If they McCracken County Grand Jury finds enough evidence to indict him, he'll face arraignment.

Earlier story:

PADUCAH, Ky. - A Paducah teenager has been arrested in the case of a hit-and-run that injured a local doctor.

Paducah Police say 18-year-old William T. Hayes, Jr., was driving a 1996 Dodge Avenger at Noble Park on August 18. Police say he struck Dr. Jay Pitman, who was riding a bicycle at the time, and drove off.

Pitman suffered a brain hemorrhage and a fractured shoulder.

Police say Hayes was charged after he went to the police department Saturday morning to "clear his name." Hayes told police that he was a passenger in the car that hit Pitman, but further investigation revealed he had been driving the vehicle at the time.

Hayes admitted to police Wednesday morning that he was driving the car when it hit Pitman. He added that he had smoked marijuana and taken prescription medication shortly before hitting Pitman's bicycle.

Hayes faces charges of 1st Degree Assault and Leaving the Scene of an Accident. He is in the McCracken County Jail.

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