Warsaw Man Accused Of Purposely Running Automobile Into Bicyclist

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A Warsaw man was arrested for criminal recklessness, leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident and aggravated battery after he allegedly purposely ran over a bicyclist Monday, according to a police report.

Dominique D. Richardson, 28, of 620 Zimmer Road, was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail on those charges at 6:04 p.m. Tuesday.

A probable cause affidavit had not been filed by the prosecutor’s office on Wednesday, but according to a Warsaw Police Department crash report Monday, a vehicle driven by an unknown man on East Market Street, 50 feet east of South Hickory Street, Warsaw, collided with a bicyclist with the front of the vehicle’s bumper. The vehicle then left the scene of the accident and did not check on the bicyclist, according to the report.

The bicyclist was identified in the report as 42-year-old Cory M. Thomas, South Packerton Road, Warsaw. Thomas was hit from behind by the vehicle and flipped onto the hood and windshield, causing injuries and cuts to his head, arms, chest, stomach and knees, the report states. Thomas was taken by police to Kosciusko Community Hospital, and his bicycle was taken to WPD to be picked up later.

According to a witness, who was traveling behind the suspect vehicle, she saw the bicyclist “get onto his bike and travel east on East Market Street.” The witness then told police the suspect vehicle “accelerated quickly toward the bicyclist and intentionally collided with the bicyclist, then left the scene of the accident.”

Police later located the suspect vehicle, a red Cadillac, at 715 E. Clark St., unoccupied with damage to the front bumper and windshield. The vehicle was impounded and taken to WPD as evidence, according to the crash report.

Police said Thomas was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, and he left KCH on his own free will without receiving medical treatment.

Richardson was being held on a $5,250 bond.