“I know, I’m not supposed to be driving” suspect tells police after hitting a pedestrian

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PolicesquadlightsExzavier C Neal, 27 of Racine has been charged with Knowingly Operating While Suspended (Cause Great Bodily Harm). He is being held on a $500.00 cash bond after making his initial appearance Monday afternoon in Racine Circuit Court. According to jail records he is also on a hold from the Department of Corrections.

According to the criminal complaint, on November 14, 2015, Racine Police responded to calls for a pedestrian that had been struck by a vehicle in the 1600 block of W. Sixth Street.

Upon arrival the victim was being treated for injuries by personnel with the Racine Fire Department. Dispatch advised that the driver of the vehicle had contacted them. Officers found the driver at 6th and Frank. The defendant state that he did not stay on scene because he didn’t feel safe.

According to the criminal complaint the defendant had stopped at 6th and Memorial for a red light. He continued westbound on 6th Street slowing for vehicles that were turning left in front of him. The complaint states that he picked up speed once the cars cleared in front of him. The defendant stated he never saw the pedestrian until he saw the white shirt on the windshield of the car. The complaint states that he told officers, he knew it wasn’t his fault because it was dark outside and the pedestrian ran out in the street. Once the defendants drivers license was run, it showed that it was suspended. According to the report the defendant stated that “I know, I’m not supposed to be driving. though”.

The victim suffered a broken hip and fractured pelvis in the accident.