Craig man arrested on felony hit-and-run, other charges
A Craig man is accused of leaving the scene of an accident after hitting his close friend with a pickup truck April 6 near the Sandrocks.
Aaron Dushane Kawcak, 31, was charged April 15 with a felony of leaving the scene of an accident, a felony of vehicular assault, and a traffic violation of reckless driving.
According to an arrest affidavit by Craig Police Department Corporal Roland, police responded to the 400 block of Sandrock Drive about 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6 after a caller reported a male had been struck by a Ford F-150 pickup truck that “left the area and didn’t stop.”
Police said they found the victim conscious, but seriously injured.
“(The victim) had a large amount of blood coming from his head and on his arms,” the affidavit stated. “(The victim) was conscious and breathing and somewhat talking.”
In the days following the alleged hit-and-run, Norma Hahn — who lives nearby on Sandrock Drive — told the Craig Press she was concerned the victim had been injured badly as blood was still in the street near her home.
“He had to be injured pretty good to leave all that blood out here,” Hahn said.
As an ambulance arrived, the affidavit said police began interviewing witnesses in nearby homes who described the victim exiting the pickup as “loud music was blaring” before walking east.
“The Ford truck then took off at a high rate of speed east on Sandrock Drive,” the affidavit stated. “The Ford turned around on Sandrock Drive near the intersection with Taylor Street and returned west on Sandrock Drive.”
The affidavit quotes witnesses stating they heard a “thud” and asked each other if the Ford had hit someone, later discovering the victim’s body on the side of the roadway.
The affidavit noted police gathered evidence at the scene — including “pieces of the passenger side rear view mirror, an antenna, and a piece of a bug deflector.” Police also interviewed at least two other witnesses living in the neighborhood before going to the hospital to interview the victim.
Once at the hospital, police said the victim told them Kawcak and he were split-boarding near Walden and had consumed a pint of peppermint schnapps and had some beers later at a sushi restaurant in Steamboat. After driving back to Craig, the victim told police he didn’t remember much after that.
After explaining to the victim what had happened based on witness testimony given to officers, the affidavit stated the victim “became very upset” and overcome with emotion” and that he “couldn’t identify anything about the vehicle that hit him because he couldn’t see past the headlights.”
The victim could not remember speaking to police at the scene.
Police said they confirmed the victim suffered from serious bodily injury including a broken nose and various cuts and abrasions.
Then police began searching for Kawcak.
The affidavit said they searched several addresses, but didn’t find him or the Ford F-150 allegedly used in the hit-and-run. It wasn’t until April 10 that police found Kawcak’s vehicle at Northwest Auto.
Police said the truck had previously been to the shop for a windshield replacement, but was brought back to have work done on the passenger side.
“Aaron’s Ford F-150 was missing the passenger side rearview mirror, antenna and has a damaged bug deflector,” the affidavit read. “The truck also has what appears to be possible blood splatter on the hood of the vehicle. The windshield of the truck is also cracked and the front license plate is bent.”
According to arrest records, Kawcak turned himself in April 16 and was freed after posting a $5,000 cash or surety bond that same day.
Kawcak’s next court appearance is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. April 30 in Judge Sandra Gardner’s Moffat County Courtroom #2.
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