Columbus police credit residents and the Ledger-Enquirer for helping catch a man accused of striking a young boy in a hit-and-run.
Dan Daniels, 55, of 842 Lovick St., hit the boy, whose age wasn't released, near River Road and 50th Street around 5 p.m. May 15, said Cpl. Rosalyn Hall. Lacerating the boy's spleen and kidney, Daniels then left in his white Chevrolet El Camino, she added.
On May 29, Hall asked newspaper readers to call her with any information about Daniels, whose identity wasn't yet known. The responses quickly rolled in.
"People that knew him personally and knew that he drove that type of vehicle," Hall said of some who left her messages. "Some people had seen him. They called me instead of 911."
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Last Saturday, the boy was at the Piggly-Wiggly on River Road when he saw Daniels' car, Hall said. He stepped inside, saw Daniels and pointed him out to an off-duty police officer.
That officer contacted Hall, who went to the grocery store to speak with Daniels. He was later arrested on charges of duty to report, no proof of insurance, license plate used with intent to conceal, no state driver's license, no state tag and failure to yield.
"If it hadn't of been for the citizens, this case would never have been solved," Hall said. "I certainly appreciate it."