Originally Published: December 28, 2018 2:12 p.m.
Updated as of Friday, December 28, 2018 11:33 PM
A 21-year-old Prescott Valley resident was allegedly pushed into traffic along Whiskey Row in Prescott and then struck by a truck that fled the scene late Friday night, Dec. 21.
Prescott police officers were dispatched to the scene in the 100 block of South Montezuma just before midnight, according to a Prescott Police Department (PPD) news release. They found the 21-year-old lying injured in the roadway.
Witnesses told officers the man had been pushed into the roadway from the sidewalk during an altercation with an unknown man who had left the scene, according to the news release. A white Toyota pickup traveling north then struck the man, witnesses reported. Rather than stopping immediately, the driver of the truck stopped at a red light at the intersection of Montezuma and Gurley Street. Witnesses said they tried to get the driver to pull over by banging on the truck, but the driver ignored them and left the scene.
Witnesses provided a license plate number to investigators and a description of the male driver, according to the news release. Officers were able to identify the driver as 63-year-old Prescott resident Charles Fullmer. Both the vehicle and Fullmer were located at a Prescott residence shortly after the incident.
Fullmer was interviewed and processed for driving under the influence (DUI). He was later booked into the Yavapai County jail on charges including aggravated assault, leaving the scene of an injury accident, and DUI, police said.
The 21-year-old man was flown to a Phoenix area hospital with serious injuries and is still hospitalized, according to the news release.
“His current condition is not known,” said PPD Deputy Chief Amy Bonney.
Investigators are looking for help from the public regarding information about the initial confrontation between the 21-year-old and the unknown male subject, which occurred on the sidewalk in the 100 block of South Montezuma at about 11:55 p.m. Witnesses described the clothing worn by the unknown man as a dark sweatshirt, gray pants and a beanie.
Those with any information about the events may contact Detective Mike Kinsey at 928-777-1900. Callers who wish to remain anonymous and who want a cash reward must call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.