Driver arrested in OP hit-and-run case

Posted on: 11:06 am, July 2, 2013, by , updated on: 05:44pm, July 2, 2013

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Police arrested a driver they suspect hit an 18-year-old man last month near 123rd and Nall, and then left the scene of the accident.

Overland Park police say an alert officer noticed the vehicle Monday night. It had front-end damage consistent with what could have occurred during the crash.

“Between the damage to that vehicle and what we had recovered, we were able to identify that this was most definitely our vehicle,” said Michelle Koos with Overland Park Police.

Within hours of finding the SUV, police questioned and then arrested Skyler Smith, 21. She was charged with leaving the scene of an accident that caused great boddily harm and for driving on a suspended license.

Forrest Wilm, 18, was severely injured when he was hit while running across the street at 123rd and Nall at about 11 p.m. on June 10.

Traffic cameras at 135th & Nall and 119th & Roe showed a white SUV in the area.

White SUV Before Collision

Police say the SUV driver continued to drive northbound on Nall Ave.

Earlier this year, Skyler Smith was charged with felony burglary but pleaded down to misdemeanor theft.

Skyler Smith’s bond conditions restrict her from driving; and the judge reminded her of that before she left the courtroom.

Family of victim releases a statement after hit and run crash

Late last night 9-1-1 was called to the scene of a hit-and-run accident at 123rd and Nall in Overland Park.    

The victim was our 18-year-old son. Thankfully a driver stopped after a white SUV hit our This is a picture after the man was hit.son—that driver probably saved his life.  

Today, our son remains at Overland Park Regional Medical Center in critical, but stable, condition. He continues to make improvement. 

We are appealing to the public for two things:  Please, if you were involved in this hit-and-run we ask you to come forward and do the right thing.  Also, if you were a witness to this accident and haven’t already talked with police,  we would ask you to exercise your conscience and come forward.

We are so grateful for the outpouring of support, love and concern from family, friends, the medical team and the Overland Park Police Department. Right now we ask for privacy so we can help our son in the best way possible.

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