Police investigating intentional hit-and-run

Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 7:51 AM EDT
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MASON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Police are investigating after a man was hit by a truck near Mason City Park, calling it an intentional attack.

The hit-and-run happened around 4 a.m. Thursday, according to Mason Police. The victim was flown to the hospital with severe injuries, and is currently listed in stable condition.

“Ribs are all broken on one side,” said Jordan Stewart, the victim’s son. “All the ribs on the other side are fractured, broken hand and, I guess, they are doing a MRI on his head.”

“He was just doing some night fishing, and all of the sudden he got run over,” Stewart continued.

Mason Police Chief Colton McKinney said it is common to have people walking or fishing along the river at all hours of the day, and the victim was in the park with a friend. The suspect’s truck was already in the parking lot when the men arrived.

“The male in the truck thought the other two males were calling the police on him, or something like that,” McKinney said. “Then, the two males that were fishing ignored him, and that’s when it escalated to the situation that it did.”

The suspect drove over a berm and into the victim, McKinney said. It then went over barriers and through an area that’s blocked off for festivals and other city events.

The truck took off south toward Point Pleasant and hasn’t been seen again, McKinney said. Investigators are trying to identify the truck and determine a motive and what the suspect was doing in the park. He said witnesses described the vehicle as a dark-colored late model truck that likely has Ohio plates.

Mason Police are now asking for help from people who live near the park. They want people to check any surveillance cameras to look for the man driving it.

Neighbors in the area were woken up by the police activity. Donna Dennis has lived on Front Street for most of her life and said they are used to people using the dock, park and parking lot all the time without incident.

“We are all really protective neighbors,” Dennis said. “We look out for each other. This is Front Street, and we call it the Front Street Family. Everyone who lives down here watches each other’s homes, watches out for things like this. We will have our eyes peeled more for whatever vehicle they want. We’ll just see if it comes back.”

Anyone with information can call the Mason Police Department or send a message to the Department’s Facebook page. You can remain anonymous.

The name of the man who was hit has not been released.

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