An Effingham man has been arrested during the weekend in connection for leaving the scene of an injury accident the previous week downtown Atchison.

Atchison police took Kaleb C. Giles, 20, into custody about 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 7, as the result of an investigation that ensued after a 36-year-old male pedestrian reported injury. The victim reported he was struck June 30 by a small car while he was in a crosswalk at 2nd and Commercial.

After his arrest, Giles was booked into Atchison County Jail, where he later bonded out for $500. Possible formal charges were pending as of Monday, July, 9, per review from County Attorney Jerry Kuckelman.

Chief Mike Wilson said the victim was knocked down to the ground by the impact of the collision with the vehicle. Police determined that the accident occured at a very low speed.

The victim arose to his feet and managed to walk from away from the scene, Wilson said. The vehicle did not stop after the collision and left the accident scene. The pedestrian made it as far as the 500 block of the Commercial Street Mall before he felt pain and called police to report the incident, Wilson said.

The police responded as well as Atchison County EMS ambulance. The victim was examined at the scene, but was not transported.

Wilson said from the vehicle description offered by the victim and video from surveillance cameras in the area the police located a vehicle that matched the description.

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