Hit-and-run driver plows through Danville cyclists in charity ride

CHP: 21-year-old arrested hours later; all four bike riders expected to survive

A young man has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run that injured a group of bicyclists, including two from Danville, Saturday morning during a charity ride in unincorporated Marin County, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Aaron Paff, 21, of Novato, was arrested at his home just before midnight Saturday and booked into the Marin County Jail on suspicion of felony hit-and-run for a crash that some witnesses claimed looked intentional, CHP Officer Andrew Barclay said.

The four bicyclists injured in the incident were listed in stable condition in the hospital, Barclay said. One of them had been taken by air ambulance to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, he said. All four are expected to survive, the CHP officer said.

Officers were called just before noon Saturday to a collision on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road just west of Hicks Valley Road. The crash occurred during the annual Jensie Gran Fondo, a fundraising cycling ride organized by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition.

The initial caller said that four bicyclists were involved in a collision but later officers learned a vehicle was also involved and its driver drove away from the scene, according to the CHP.

Witnesses told officers that a dark blue Dodge Ram pickup truck was traveling west on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road when the driver appeared to swerve to the right and intentionally drive into the group of bicyclists, the CHP said.

Among the injured was Spencer Fast, a 48-year-old from Mill Valley who sustained major injuries and was airlifted to the hospital, according to the CHP.

The three other injured riders included 53-year-old Robert Grier and 49-year-old Joseph Olla, both of Danville, and 55-year-old Larkspur resident Oliver Colvin, the CHP said. They suffered injuries ranging from moderate to major.

During its investigation, the CHP asked the public for help in finding the culprit, describing his truck as a midnight blue Dodge Ram crew cab pickup truck with some damage to the right side

Barclay expressed gratitude to the community for contacting the CHP with tips. He said numerous individuals contacted the CHP with information.

The information helped the officers locate their suspect and the suspect vehicle, he said.

"We were able to locate the vehicle in the (suspect's) driveway and were able to confirm with the pictures we had and the damage we observed on the vehicle it was the same vehicle from the collision," Barclay said.

"We brought in additional units and assistance from Novato police. Just before midnight we contacted him at his residence and he was taken into custody without incident," Barclay said.

Referring to photos and video provided to the CHP, Barclay said, "We were very fortunate. We had great tools to work with and a great community to help us out."

-- Story by Bay City News Service. staff contributed.


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