A hit and run suspect has been arrested in Redmond. Deschutes County Sheriff's Officials say the accident happened Wednesday morning about 7:45 when Kendall Hickman, 24, of Redmond was heading north on SW Canal Boulevard and smashed into a power pole. That accident happened on the southbound side of the road near Helmholtz Way, narrowly missing an oncoming car. Sgt. Troy Gotchy says two passengers in the car were taken to the hospital, Hickman fled the scene. Injured were Jeremy Kuhn, 23 of Redmond and Krinstna Hayes, 25, also of Redmond. “The female was extricated from the vehicle and flown to St. Charles by Airlink. The male passenger was taken by ambulance to a Redmond hospital we did and extensive search of the area using a canine from the Bend Police Department and we were unable to locate the driver.” But, police found Hickman around 1:30 in the afternoon, walking on Hemholtz Way near Coyote Avenue. He was arrested on a outstanding warrant from Lincoln County, and he acknowledged involvement in the crash. Subsequent investigation on Hickman's car reveals a .22 rifle and some methamphetamine.
The Central Electric Cooperative power pole was damaged from the crash…and it took several hours for crews to replace the pole while the power was “live” to avoid a power outage.
The intersection of Canal and Hemholtz was shut down for almost an hour. The injured passengers remain at St. Charles; Jeremy Kuhn is listed in fair condition, Kristina Hayes is serious. Hickman is lodged in the Deschutes County Jail, held without bail and is facing charges of two counts of third-degree assault, hit and run, reckless driving, second degree criminal mischief, felon in possession of a firearm and methamphetamine possession…as well as the outstanding warrant and counts from Lincoln County.