Elderly hit-and-run driver caught after victim locates truck at body shop

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By Jon Johnson


SAFFORD – An elderly driver was issued citations after the victim of a hit-and-run located the offending truck at an auto body shop.

Harold Eugene Herbert, 80, was given citations of driving on a suspended license and failure to remain at the scene of a collision. 

According to a Safford Police report, an officer was dispatched at about 12:36 p.m. on Jan. 28 to the scene of a hit-and-run collision off 11th Street. 

At the scene, the owner of a Ford Mustang advised that she located damage to her car and neighbors said they saw a white Toyota Tundra strike the Mustang while it was parked in the apartment complex. The witnesses advised an elderly male was driving the truck and stopped briefly but then left the scene. 

A short time after conducting the report, the officer was contacted by the victim who said she had found the truck parked at Jay’s Auto Body Shop at 9th Avenue and 8th Street. 

Upon contact, Herbert allegedly said he didn’t realize he hit something until he saw his back bumper was damaged. A records check showed Herbert’s license was suspended for failure to pay fines. When the officer advised he believed Herbert left the scene due to his license being suspended, Herbert agreed. 

The officer then issued Herbert his citations and provided his driver exchange sheet information to the victim.