A Pontiac woman was cited by the Pontiac Police Department on Tuesday after hitting a bicyclist and subsequently fleeing on March 20. According to a police report obtained by the Daily Leader, the woman, identified as Sharetta Miller, admitted fault and was cited, but was not taken into custody.
    She was charged with the misdemeanors of disobeying a yield sign and operating an uninsured motor vehicle and the Class 4 felony of leaving the scene of an accident involving injury.
    According to a supplemental narrative in the police report sent to the Daily Leader Wednesday, a PPD officer was flagged down by a bicyclist near the intersection of North and Locust streets at approximately 6:46 p.m. on March 20. The officer noted that the bicyclist was holding his left forearm and was “visibly in pain.”
    The bicyclist, a male, told the officer that he had been struck by what he thought was a dark red or maroon Dodge Durango traveling eastbound on North Street that he said did not obey the yield sign posted at the intersection. The victim also told police that he believed his arm had been broken.
    While he could not give the PPD officer a description of the driver, two eyewitnesses, both minors, who were sitting in a parked car near the intersection, confirmed the victim’s description of the vehicle and told the officer that it was being driven by a “black male with ‘dreads,’” according to the report.
    On Tuesday, police made contact with Miller after an officer thought that her vehicle matched the victim’s description. After a brief interview, she told the police that it had been her that struck the bicyclist, but that she had not seen him as she approached the intersection.
    As to why she didn’t stay on scene, Miller told police that “she was scared because she already had a lot of other legal issues currently and ‘panicked,’” the supplemental narrative read.
    When asked for insurance, Miller complied and showed an officer her policy; however, the police discovered that the policy was filed the same day as the accident and when the providing agency was contacted, they confirmed that the policy was created on March 20 at approximately 9:30 p.m., just shy of four hours after the accident had occurred, according to the report. She also declined to complete a voluntary written statement about the incident.
    Miller was not taken into custody; instead, she was cited on the two misdemeanor charges and the one felony charge. She was issued an i-bond, or a personal recognizance bond, which meant she did not have to enter police custody but was instead mandated to appear in court on May 9.
    Afterward, the police report notes an officer revisited the witnesses and the bicyclist, all of whom positively identified Miller’s vehicle as being the same one that struck the latter. The victim stated that he had sustained a broken wrist as a result of the incident, which was in a cast at the time of the final interview.