Local good Samaritan helps hit-and-run victim track down driver suspected of leaving scene

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It’s happened to many people unfortunately -- a hit and run -- and often finding who did it is nearly impossible. But one local good Samaritan helped track down a man police say may have left the scene of an accident.

“It seemed fairly apparent that he wasn`t going to stop,” said Steve Christy, who was heading north on State Line Road, running an errand.

He says a car didn`t stop at the stop sign on 38th Street and pulled out right in front of him.

“Never slowed or stopped, and I swerved,” Christy added.

Christy didn't have a stop sign, and had the right of way. The man in a red, two-door, Pontiac Grand Am hit Christy on the right back door and fender.

“What surprised me the most was that he didn`t stop, he just kept going,” added Christy. “I was shocked that someone would literally hit another car and leave the scene of the accident.”

Christy says the man just drove away like nothing happened.

“Some guy ran out into the road, hands flailing in the air, and he looked like he needed a hand,” said Jason Hutton; a KCP&L worker was heading to a job when he stopped to help.

I rolled down my window to see what he needed,” Hutton said.

“I said that red car that`s driving off just hit me,” said Christy.

That's when Christy asked Hutton to follow the car to see if he could get his information.

“Wasn`t too far down the road, he was just right in front of me, probably a half mile... I could spot him, it wasn`t a high-speed chase or anything,” said Hutton.

Hutton says he went about four blocks following the Grand Am.

“He came back with all the information on the car,” Christy said.

In the meantime, Christy called police. He says he's so thankful for Hutton -- or he would have been out of luck.

“Otherwise, I would have had nothing to go by,” added Christy.

Hutton says he was just trying to be nice.

“Just give him a hand... it`s the right thing to do,” Hutton said. “I`d want someone to do it if it happened to me.”

Christy says he now has all the information he needs, and says luckily he`s not injured.

“You`re always a little rattled after something like this happens, but no I’m fine,” said Christy.

Police told Christy they will put a warrant out for the suspect's arrest.

In the State of Missouri it's a misdemeanor hit-and-run if someone leaves the scene of an accident that only results in property damage, if no one was injured in the accident.

If someone is injured, it can become a felony.

It`s usually coupled with large fines of about $1,000, and possible jail time of up to a year.