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Driver turns himself in after teen bicyclist critically hurt in Newport hit-and-run

Driver turns himself in after teen bicyclist critically hurt in Newport hit-and-run
(Daily Pilot)

A driver suspected in a hit-and-run crash that left a 14-year-old bicyclist critically injured turned himself in Wednesday afternoon, Newport Beach police said.

Newport Beach resident Anthony Michael George, 36, is suspected of driving a Mercedes-Benz when it collided at about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday with the girl, who was riding with a group of bicyclists along East Bay Avenue near Anade Avenue, according to police.

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George allegedly drove away without stopping, authorities said. Officials said they took George into custody after he arrived at the Newport Beach Police Department at about 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Investigators booked him on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and impounded his car for further investigation, according to authorities.

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The girl, a resident of San Carlos in the Bay Area, was riding a beach-cruiser bike and not wearing a helmet, police said.

She is hospitalized with possibly life-threatening injuries and remains in critical condition, police said.

Police still are investigating the crash; anyone with information may contact Investigator Dave Darling at (949) 644-3746 or ddarling@nbpd.org.

— Jeremiah Dobruck

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