Driver who hit pedestrian identifies herself to authorities | Update

The driver who hit a pedestrian on Alaska Avenue on Christmas Eve has identified herself to authorities, the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office reports.

Deputy Scott Wilson said the sheriff's office was contacted today (Dec. 30) by an attorney representing the driver. He said the woman found out she was being sought by the sheriff's office after reading a news item in the Port Orchard Independent, and decided to come forward.

"She had enough sense to get ahold of an attorney," Wilson said, noting that although it was illegal for her to leave the scene of the accident, the driver is now trying to do the right thing.

Austin Wiedmaier, 19, and a friend were walking north on Alaska Avenue on Saturday when a white sedan hit him from behind. The impact flipped Wiedmaier over the hood and he knocked off the driver’s side mirror when he rolled off onto the ground.

The sheriff’s office reported that the driver, a white female, and a white male passenger, both about 20, got out to ask if Wiedmaier was OK. He said he was, though he said later he remembers little about the accident.

“And I apparently attempted to help the people pick up their bumper off of the road,” Wiedmaier said in an interview with KIRO-7 News that aired Wednesday night.

His friend told the driver that she could probably leave after it seemed like Wiedmaier wasn’t hurt. She left without exchanging names or information with him.

A short time later, Wiedmaier was transported to Tacoma General Hospital by South Kitsap Fire & Rescue. He told KIRO that he suffered brain hemorrhaging, a concussion and multiple contusions.

“Honestly, I’d just like to get in contact with the people, and just be able to talk with them,” he said in the TV interview. “And know what happened, and have them assume responsibility for the medical bills.”

Wilson said he didn't know when the driver's attorney will meet with someone from the sheriff's office, but said it will probably take place sometime after the New Year's holiday.

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