WARREN - Police charged a 27-year-old man in the hit-skip accident New Year's Day that seriously injured a 46-year-old man riding a bicycle.
Warren Patrolman Ben Harrell, chief traffic investigator, said Marcel Tipton, who has addresses in Niles, Warren and Akron, faces charges of tampering with evidence and failure to stop after an accident with injuries.
Tipton has been in Trumbull County Jail after he was arrested on a probation violation sometime after the accident occurred.
He pleaded not guilty to the two felonies Friday at a video arraignment in Warren Municipal Court. Judge Terry Ivanchak set bond at $25,000 even though Tipton must remain in jail on the probation violation.
Tipton is accused of driving the 2000 beige-colored Lincoln Town Car that struck Harold Rice of Scott Street N.E., who was hospitalized after he was struck at the intersection of Summit and Tod Avenue N.W.
A police report indicates that Rice was pedaling on Tod and the car was southbound on Summit when the bike pulled into the path of the car.
Police found a license plate that fell off the car and then found the car three days after the accident at a vacant York Street home. A neighbor called 911 about the abandoned car, the spokeswoman said.
Officers towed the car and began processing it.
Harrell said a female who owns the car said that Tipton had borrowed it.
The bicycle Rice was riding was found 150 feet away from where he was lying, according to reports. The license plate also was found near where Rice was struck, along with his shoes.
Family members said Rice had to have heart surgery at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, where he was being treated, and also must have plates in his legs.
Rice was found prone on the side of the road shortly before 3 a.m. by DelRecco Dukes and Jamal Martin, who were riding in separate vehicles on the way to a friend's house after leaving a New Year's Eve church service.
The Youngstown Hospital said Friday that Rice had been released. And a relative reported he was continuing treatment at a rehabilitation center.
"We saw him on the ground; he was saying he needed help," Martin recalled. "His legs were fractured and his head was bleeding."
Dukes said Rice was able to identify himself and he immediately called 911.
"I just told him don't move because his leg was shattered," Dukes said.
Tipton meanwhile was placed on probation in April of 2010 after pleading guilty to charge of failure to comply and receiving stolen property.
His probation was violated the first time in August of 2010 when he was ordered by the court to enter and complete a program in the Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program.
Keith Evans, the county's chief probation officer declined to discuss why Tipton was charged with the most recent probation violation.
Tipton also was found shot in September by an unidentified man on Burton Street S.E. Reports indicated Ripton argued with a man who confronted him before suffering the gunshots to an arm and his abdomen.