MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Monday Madison County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man suspected of hitting a motorcyclist then fleeing the scene Sunday evening.
Jason Roland Ward was arrested by Alabama State Troopers Monday.
Trooper Curtis Summerville admits many time case like these are difficult to investigate because of a typical lack of witnesses. He says this case was solved by a fellow trooper who is gaining a reputation for gathering evidence that leads to an arrest.
"We rely so much on evidence and mainly on witness testimony or witness evidence in terms of a crash like this," says Trooper Spokesman Curtis Summer, who admits solving a hit & run case is extremely difficult without witnesses.
No witnesses stepped forward after Sunday night's crash; but there was debris from Ward's vehicle at the scene, according to Summerville. State police attribute the arrest to a traffic homicide investigator with a keen eye.
"He was able to, from that debris, determine what kind of car it was and just his dogged efforts he was able, within a matter of hours, to actually find that person. This is his second time doing this. He's also done this in a high-profile case where a person was actually killed a few years ago," Summerville says.
The crash occurred just before 8 p.m. at Highway 53 and McKee Road, according to the Madison County Sheriff's Department. The motorcyclist received serious injuries in the collision.
Investigators said they were looking for a white SUV with damage to the passenger side, including a missing mirror. Troopers say that mirror was key to their arrest.