A Manhattan man has been identified as the driver of a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado who fled the scene after hitting a 21-year-old woman while she was crossing the street.
The Riley County Police Department said in a news release that Amber Wilhelm was severely injured on April 14 while walking in the 1200 block of Bluemont Avenue.
Wilhelm had stopped in the crosswalk and bent over when she was struck.
She was taken by ambulance to Via Christi Hospital and then life-flighted to Stormont-Vail in Topeka.
Detectives and Riley County police officers launched a month-long investigation into the accident.
Public Information Officer Alexander Robinson says authorities interviewed dozens of witnesses and scoured over video footage pulled from several sources in Manhattan and Fort Riley.
“We spent hundreds of hours investigating,” said Robinson. “We looked at video from Aggieville, the business district and everywhere else [in the city] just to make sure we weren’t missing anything.”
Upon completion of the investigation, 21-year-old Nicholas Blaha, of Manhattan, was identified as the suspect in the case.
Blaha has been interviewed by investigators, but has not been arrested.
Robinson would not directly comment on whether Blaha is cooperating with investigators, but says he has not admitted to the allegations.
The case has been forwarded to the Riley County District Attorney’s office to determine whether Blaha will face any charges related to the hit-and-run.
Due to the DA’s office current caseload, Robinson was not able to give a possible timeline on when a decision will be reached.
Police have remained in contact with the victim’s family, who has asked that her current medical condition not be released.