A 48-year-old Eastchester man was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident after striking a Yonkers man who was riding a bicycle in the town and then driving away before police arrived, police said Monday.
Daniel Minozzi of 260 Garth Road was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with a personal injury, a misdemeanor.
The 34-year-old Yonkers bicyclist was treated at Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville and may have suffered a ligament injury in his knee. He also suffered cuts to the right cheek, right arm, both hands and both knees, police said.
Eastchester police learned of the accident from a 911 call. The caller said a bicyclist had been struck by a car that left the scene. The caller also gave police the license plate of the car. Police attempted to reach the owner of the 2004 Mercury Sable but could not.
When police arrived at Garth Road just after 5 p.m. Saturday, they found the victim, who said he had been riding near Essex Place and Garth Road and tried to pass the car, which was stopped at the time. He said the car suddenly moved, and its front left bumper struck him, causing him to fall. The victim told police the motorist got out of the car and yelled at him, then got back into the car and drove away.
At 7 p.m. Minozzi called the Eastchester police department. He said he had left because the victim told him to. Minozzi also told the police did not report the accident because he did not know he was required to until he consulted the Internet. He was arrested by town police and released without bail to return to town court Wednesday. Police said his car had scratches on the left bumper.