Clark Man Charged in Adams Street Hit-and-Run
Peter Jacobi, 54, was charged with aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an accident.
Clark Police have charged Clark resident Peter Jacobi, 54, in the Jan. 12 hit-and-run that occured at the intersection of Adams Street and Madison Hill Road.
According to police reports, Jacobi struck Christine Vanbenschoten, 41, also a Clark resident, as she was walking north on Madison Hill Road with a dog.
Jacobi came forward to police, according to Captain Al Scherb, and we reported that Clark Police had a person-of-interest in the case in February. On Feb. 8, Jacobi was arrested, charged with aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an accident, and released after being issued a court date.
A witness driving on Madison Hill Road said she saw a white four-door pickup truck coming in the opposite direction cut off the car in front of her to make a left onto Adams Street. As the pickup turned, the witness stated it struck and stopped "over" the victim. The witness then panicked according the the report, proceeded to her own residence and called the police. The witness later returned to the scene and provided officers with her account. See the accident report in our gallery, above right.
Clark Police responded to the scene and found the victim in the middle of Adams Street near where the road intersects Madison Hill Road, approximately 35 feet from where the pickup struck her, according to the report.
In the weeks after the accident, the police department posted flyers in a search for the driver. In February, Scherb told Patch Vanbenschoten's injuries were not life-threatening and she is doing well since the accident.