|Suspected driver in hit-and-run case surrenders
The man the Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety had believed was involved with an Oct. 7 hit-and-run incident surrendered himself to authorities on Monday.
Jared Whisman-Pryor, a 27-year-old from Santa Rosa, turned himself into the Sonoma County Clerk’s Office, according to the RPDPS. He had been suspected of hitting Windsor bicyclist William Schilling on Redwood Drive near Willis Avenue in Rohnert Park. Whisman-Pryor was on a motorcycle at the time of the collision.
Whisman-Pryor pleaded not guilty at his arraignment hearing on Monday and is to return to Sonoma County Superior Court on Dec. 17 for a bail hearing and settlement conference.
RPDPS says Whisman-Pryor left the scene of the accident after hitting Schilling, leaving the 68-year-old Schilling with severe injuries. He suffered a shattered pelvis, fractured spine and lacerations.
Schilling’s memory from the incident remains fuzzy, but, according to a press release, he told RPDPS Sgt. Aaron Johnson, “I hope that guy does not hurt anyone else.”
A felony arrest warrant of $40,000 was issued for Whisman-Pryor on Dec. 6, according to the press release. Police identified Whisman-Pryor as the biker through debris left behind, surveillance images and witnesses, but were unable to locate him until he turned himself in.
Schilling, 68, doesn’t remember much from the crash but to this day has one request ..."I hope that guy does not hurt anyone else." he told Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety Sgt. Johnson according to a press release. Schilling requires long-term rehabilitation. As of Tuesday, Dec. 11, Schilling had made the transition from using a walker to a cane, according to Johnson
On Dec. 6, a $40,000 felony arrest warrant was issued for Jared Whisman-Pryor, the release stated.
“I received a phone call from Whisman-Pryor's attorney this morning (Monday) indicating Jared had turned himself in and has taken care of the warrant as well as attended his first court appearance,” Johnson said. “We are thankful for the cooperation of the folks in the community who came forward and helped us solve our case. Actually Mr. Schilling is appreciative as this helps give him closure and he can focus on his recovery."