Police have arrested a woman suspected of crashing into a 23-year-old bicyclist Friday and fleeing the scene.
Abigail A. Allin, 21, was booked in the Pima County Jail this morning on suspicion of leaving the scene of a serious-injury collision, causing serious injury with a motor vehicle while driver's license suspended and tampering with physical evidence.
On Friday at about 6:30 p.m., Samuel Abate was struck by a vehicle as he was riding his bicycle north on North Swan Road between East Camp Lowell Drive and the Rillito River, police said. A female driver fled the scene.
The woman had already fixed the damage on her windshield after the crash, and had no car insurance, Samuel Abate’s father, William, said he was told by police.
The Abate family has set up an account at Wells Fargo Bank under “The Samuel Abate Donation Account,” to help pay for the extensive medical bills.
“Sam is in for a long haul,” William Abate said. “I let him know that the entire city of Tucson and beyond was rooting for his recovery, he expressed gratitude for everyone who has helped him.”
Samuel Abate, or “Sam” as his family and friends call him, has severe head and brain injuries, and numerous broken bones.
Late Tuesday he was able to speak and told his father that he was concerned that the person who injured him had not turned herself in.
“I don’t want to ruin someone’s life, but ya just don’t do that,” Sam told his father.