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Hit-and-run driver turns himself in

Posted at 4:41 PM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-09 19:38:18-05
Tucson Police confirmed that the suspect in a hit-and-run accident turned himself into police after seeing news reports Tuesday night. 
 
Officer Dan Lucas with TPD tells KGUN9 that 25-year-old Simbi Cedric walked in to Operations Division Midtown Tuesday at about 8 p.m. and turned himself in for a hit-and-run accident that happened Friday night. 
 
Cedric was booked into the Pima County Jail for leaving the scene of a serious injury accident, a class 2 felony. 
 
The accident injured a 12-year-old girl and her father who were riding a motorcycle.
 
"I saw the car and I knew something was going to happen," said Hailey Kopp, one of the victims from that accident along with her dad Stephen Simonson. 
 
The accident happened at about 8 p.m. Friday on southbound Houghton approaching I-10. Simonson says he and his daughter were on his motorcycle on the southbound side when a driver heading northbound drifted into the southbound lane, hitting the two on their motorcycle head-on. 
 
The accident left Simonson with a fractured rib and severe bruising on his left leg. Kopp broke her leg in two places. 
     
"It actually broke so badly that it was coming out the back side of her leg," said Simonson. 
 
The accident sent Simonson flying from his motorcycle onto the ground and Kopp was pinned between the bike and the guardrail. And they say the man who hit them even got out of his car and walked over to them. 
 
"I remember looking up and the guy was coming from the side and he was like 'Oh my God, are you ok?'" said Kopp.
 
Within minutes, Simonson and Kopp say the man got back in his car and drove away. But not before they could get a good description of him and his car.
 
Police say they were looking for a young African-American man, possibly in his 20s driving a late '90s model silver Honda accord. Police say the car is missing a side mirror and should have front end damage. 
 
"When he left, I don't really understand why he did that," said Kopp. "He knew I was hurt obviously, he took a very good look." 
 
Stephen told 9OYS Tuesday that he hoped the man would turn himself in. 
 
"We just got left there and it's wrong," said Stephen. "It's wrong in every way."