Bicyclist injured in Spanaway hit-and-run

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SPANAWAY, Wash. - A 43-year-old bicyclist was injured in a hit-and-run late Thursday night in Spanaway, said Washington State Patrol.

 

According to troopers, a driver in a pickup truck and a man on a bike were traveling northbound on State Route 7 at 52nd Avenue East.

 

Authorities said Douglas Johnson allegedly hit William Horn, Jr. and drove off.

 

Police told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News that Johnson’s wife called 911 and turned him in.

 

Authorities located Johnson and his vehicle at a nearby address. He is in the Pierce County Jail and was charged with felony hit-and-run and vehicular assault.

 

Horn was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center and is currently in intensive care. He remains in an induced coma and has yet to regain consciousness since he was hit.

 

Family members of Horn told KIRO 7 reporter Kevin McCarty that they’re grateful for Johnson’s wife and her courage to make the call.

 

“Billy just got hit on the Mt. Highway. He said, ‘God sis, don’t tell me that.’ I said, ‘Bill, just get out there,’” said Horn’s aunt, Diane Membrere-Lopez. “And I can’t thank her enough, and if she watches this, my sister and I both want to thank her.”

 

“Thank her, thank her very much. (We)ust really appreciate (it),” said Horn’s aunt, Debra Miller.

 

Authorities are continuing to investigate the collision.