Police make arrest after Canastota hit-and-run

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CANASTOTA — A Madison County man has been charged with fleeing the scene after hitting a woman with his pickup truck in Canastota, according to the Canastota Police Department.

Police said Richard Otts, 29, of Canastota, was behind the wheel in a southbound pickup truck in the 100 block of S. Peterboro Street around 8:42 p.m. May 28 when he struck a Utica woman who was standing beside her parked car. Police said the woman suffered head trauma and other major injuries, and she spent several days recovering at University Hospital in Syracuse.

Meanwhile, Otts fled the scene in his truck and did not immediately contact law enforcement or rescue personnel about the crash, police stated. Otts was eventually identified and he was taken into custody this week.

Otts is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, unreasonable speed and reckless driving, police said. He is scheduled to appear in Canastota Village Court.

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