WITNESS HELPS CATCH HIT/RUN DRIVER

SAVANNAH, GA (November 23, 2013): One Savannah man is hospitalized and another is in custody after witnesses followed a hit and run driver from East Bay and Abercorn streets early this morning.

Edwin Willie Rivera, 28, was stopped by Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police after he ran a red light at East Broad and President streets about 2:25 a.m. That’s when a witness identified him as the driver of the previous incident as well.

Meanwhile, Andrew Seskey, 21, was being transported to Memorial University Medical Center with serious injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Officers from the Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) said Rivera was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer in the right hand lane of Bay Street headed east when he struck Seskey. Seskey was walking across Bay against the traffic light at the time. Alcohol was identified as a contributing factor for both parties.

Rivera was charged with hit and run, failure to report an accident, DUI less safe, failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to obey traffic signals.

MAIT officers continue to investigate.

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