A 28-year-old man who hit a pedestrian with his car and drove away was looking at his phone at the time to change his music selection, a prosecutor said in court Wednesday.
Johnathan Pulec has been charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident resulting in serious bodily injury, a felony. He was ordered held on $200,000 bail. If convicted, he faces a maximum of four years in prison.
Pulec is accused of hitting 53-year-old William McKnight of Omaha about 8:30 p.m. Jan. 6 near the Northwest Radial and Hamilton Street.
Prosecutor Anthony Clowe said McKnight was knocked unconscious and had to be intubated. He was taken to a hospital and suffered a broken leg.
A Crime Stoppers tip led to Pulec’s arrest. Omaha police officers spoke to Pulec, who said he was driving while looking at his phone.
Clowe said Pulec has failed to update his information on the Nebraska sex offender registry three times and has a history of “not complying with court orders.”
Cathy Saathoff, an assistant public defender, said Pulec works at Taco Bell and Jimmy John’s and lives in Omaha with his significant other and their twin children.
Pulec waived his preliminary hearing, meaning he will stand trial.
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