Hit and run broadsides motorcycle

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

Hit and run broadsides motorcycleZachary Nathaniel Gibbons, a 21-year-old Ridgecrest resident, was arrested Monday for fleeing the scene of a traffic collision between his vehicle and a motorcyclist.

According to Ridgecrest Police Sergeant Mike Myers, head of the Traffic Division, the suspect, driving a black Mitsubishi, was northbound on Lenore Street and failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Lenore and East Wilson Avenue.

Unfortunately, a motorcyclist traveling westbound on Wilson came through the intersection at that moment. The Mitsubishi broadsided the motorcycle.

Gibbons reportedly fled the scene immediately afterward. The police were called at 2:50 p.m. The motorcyclist was transported by ambulance to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital with unknown injuries. The victim was wearing a helmet.

Meanwhile, witnesses were able to give officers a description of the suspect’s vehicle. Officers and detectives canvassed the area and later were able to locate the abandoned vehicle in the 700 block of White Oak Drive. Officers began processing the vehicle for workable evidence.

About 3:45 p.m., the police dispatch center received a call from Gibbons, confessing to the hit and run and notifying officers of his location at a residence on the west side of town.

Officers took Gibbons into custody and booked him into Kern County Jail on a charge of felony hit and run resulting in injury. His bail is set at $20,000, and he is scheduled for a hearing today at 9 a.m. in Kern County East Division Court in Ridgecrest.

There was no information available on the victim as of press time.

Emergency service personnel attend the victim of a hit-and-run on Monday afternoon.

Photo by Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2014-06-04