Man arrested for hit-and-run involving 81-year-old woman on scooter
On Monday, just before 5:30 p.m., an 81-year-old Ontario resident was traveling home on her motorized scooter and was southbound on Alameda Drive. As she was in the roadway and going around a legally parked vehicle, she was struck by a teal colored mini van that was also southbound.
The victim was ejected from her scooter and sustained several broken bones and related injuries, and was taken to Saint Alphonsus in Ontario and later transferred to Saint Alphonsus in Boise. The victim is currently stable without life threatening injuries.
The driver of the van failed to report the incident and kept driving, even though the van had a flat tire.
At about 6:30 p.m., an Ontario Police Officer located a vehicle believed to have been involved in the crash in Ontario and impounded the van. The Ontario Police Department had been attempting to contact 49-year-old Ontario resident Elmer Charles Harp regarding the incident. Mr. Harp does not own the van, but it was located at his residence.
This morning around 9:30 a.m., Elmer Harp came to the Ontario Police Department and was arrested for Felony Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver Involved in an Accident, Assault in the Second Degree and Criminal Driving While Suspended. Elmer was transported to the Malheur County Jail.