A C4 Corvette driver is facing charges of attempted murder and DUI after running into a man twice with his 1995 black sports car last Wednesday in Hoover, Ala.
The second collision was even caught on grainy video by surveillance cameras.
Hoover police responded around 4 p.m. to a call of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle in the 3400 block of Lorna Road. Once there, they found the Corvette crashed into a brick sign at the entrance to The Place at Galleria Apartments, with the driver suffering injuries to his face and being transported to a hospital for treatment.
That’s when what first appeared to be an ordinary crash turned interesting. Two males walked up to the accident scene and told police that the driver of the Corvette – Mark Roland Ritchie, 59 of Hoover – had struck one of the men twice with his car.
The incident began when the two pedestrians were standing in the center lane of Lorna Road when they say Ritchie pulled up and yelled obscenities at them. As he pulled out of the turn lane, he swiped one of the men with his car.
The pedestrians then crossed Lorna Road and walked into the apartment entrance, where the video shows the black Corvette pulling into the parking lot, veering sharply, and then driving straight into the same man he had previously hit. The impact knocked the 34-year-old victim away from the vehicle just before it hit the brick sign. He was eventually transported to UAB Hospital and treated and released for a broken collarbone.
The suspect, meanwhile, was transported to the Hoover City Jail upon his release from UAB Hospital and charged with attempted murder and DUI. He has been transferred to the Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham.
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