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Searcy man held in Hillcrest hit-and-run

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published January 11, 2013 at 7:05 a.m. Updated January 11, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.

Steven Kissinger

— Authorities have made an arrest in a hit-and-run in Little Rock's Hillcrest neighborhood that left a woman with serious injuries.

Police records show Steve John Kissinger, 33, of Searcy, was arrested at 2:50 p.m. Thursday on charges of failure to stop after an accident with injury, careless driving and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Kissinger on Friday made a brief appearance by video in Little Rock District Court's traffic division, where Judge Vic Fleming set bail at $25,000.

A family member of 61-year-old victim Lois Sandusky said he was notified Thursday of the arrest. Fleming said he approved a warrant for Kissinger's arrest Thursday afternoon.

Sandusky's son, William Mauldin, said the family is grateful for the police work that led to an arrest. He said his mother is improving and is out of the intensive care unit.

"She's a little bit better since the accident, but it's going to be a long road to recovery," Mauldin said by phone.

An innocent plea was also entered for Kissinger during the hearing. The case, because it is a felony, will be forwarded to Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Kissinger spoke only briefly, when Fleming began the proceeding by asking him how he was doing.

"Not so good," Kissinger replied.

Police say the hit-and-run happened about 9:30 a.m. as Sandusky was in the crosswalk on Beechwood Street at Kavanaugh Boulevard.

According to an accident report, a white Ford 150 pickup turned right onto Beechwood, striking Sandusky and running over her with the front left tire. Police say the driver stopped then before looking in the mirror and pulling forward, running over Sandusky a second time with the rear left tire.

A passerby reportedly then intervened, asking the driver "what he was doing."

"[The driver] then sped away from the scene south on Beechwood and disappeared into the neighborhood," police wrote in the report.

Sandusky was said to be in stable condition in the intensive care unit the day after the accident.

A police spokesman said investigators were able to develop Kissinger as a suspect using partial license plate information from witnesses at the scene.

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LR1955 says... January 11, 2013 at 11:28 a.m.

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

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faytown says... January 11, 2013 at noon

lock him up and throw away the keys

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TheBatt says... January 11, 2013 at 12:08 p.m.

License plate
eye witness
I'm sure the truck is in police possession (or will be soon).

So - plead not guilty so you cost the taxpayers extra for YOUR brazen crime.

Lets see - you make a careless right turn, hitting, then running over an older lady IN A CROSSWALK - you screwed up. But it was an accident, right? So you call 9-11, and you wait for the police. When charges are filed, a deal/plea can be arranged because, while you were careless, you had no intentions to cause harm. Maybe you were distracted, or whatever.

But no - you decide to get out of your truck, see the victim (and be seen by bystanders), then get back in your truck and speed off (running over the victim a 2nd time). You now went from what would likely have been a heavy fine, and seriously increasing auto insurance for the massive payout they will be required to pay this lady and her family... but now you face felony charges, jail time, and who knows what other financial losses you will see.

Makes one wonder what he was fleeing from... was he just being irresponsible, or did he have drugs/alcohol in his system? Does he have a previous record for at-fault accidents, moving violations, or DUI?

I actually hope that the prosecutor goes for the maximum available. Hold people responsible for their actions.

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missliddy says... January 11, 2013 at 12:25 p.m.

I agree with the Batt!!!!!

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Jfish says... January 11, 2013 at 12:41 p.m.

The punishment rarely fits the crime for pedestrians and cyclists who are ran over in LR. Motorists are always given the benefit of the doubt and leniency.

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jmoz says... January 11, 2013 at 12:57 p.m.

to TheBatt: Were you an eye witness? I don't see wording in the article saying the driver got out of the truck.

Obviously TheBatt and others are willing to judge without the benefit of all the facts. No one knows how many people, including, possibly TheBatt, might panic and flee just like the driver of the truck. You never know.

Now if the lady who got run over was talking on her cell phone and a Republican, some of the commenters here would say she deserved getting hit.

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GottaMakeIt says... January 11, 2013 at 1:05 p.m.

To TheBatt...you must have read a different account than is written here! ... 'you decide to get out of your truck, see the victim (and be seen by bystanders), then get back in your truck'

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rainbowharold55 says... January 11, 2013 at 3:25 p.m.

I really don't understand why people operating vehicles so dangerously get off so lightly. Look at the charges from just the accident. I was hit from behind walking with the light in a crosswalk downtown a couple of years ago by someone turning left onto Main Street while fumbling with her phone. Her charge? Not yielding to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. No distracted driving or reckless driving.

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SurferDuuuude says... January 11, 2013 at 4:16 p.m.

Hey rainbow - I thought you enjoyed getting "hit" from behind????

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