Bicyclist critically injured in Hansville hit and run; suspect charged

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office has arrested the suspect in a hit-and-run collision in Hansville early Sept. 19 that left a male cyclist critically injured.

The suspect is a 54-year-old man from Hansville who surrendered to deputies at KCSO’s Kingston office, the department’s Facebook post states. He was booked into Kitsap County Jail and was in Kitsap County Superior Court Sept. 20 charged with hit-and-run. Bail was initially set at $50,000 but he has since posted.

The cyclist was southbound on Hansville Rd. NE just south of Little Boston Rd. at about 5:10 a.m. when he was hit. 911 was called at 5:36 a.m. when someone driving by spotted the victim alongside the road. It was not known the man had been struck by a vehicle until deputies arrived on the scene. The cyclist was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment.

KCSO’s incident reports says a man was riding a bicycle in the 30000 block of Hansville Road NE. The suspect was driving his vehicle from Hansville to work on Bainbridge Island.

As he passed the bicyclist he hit him shattering the right front headlight and broke off the passenger side mirror, per the report. The victim landed on the shoulder, striking his head on pavement, leaving a large gash on his head. When a deputy arrived on scene he said the victim was semi-conscious and unable to follow simple directions.

The suspect stopped about 300 to 500 feet away, checking the damage to his vehicle. He said he thought he hit a deer as he’s done that before, the report says.

About a half-hour later, when he was at work, he received a text from his wife saying a bicyclist had been hit. Realizing it may have been him, he drove to the sheriff’s office to talk to a deputy.