Appleton Police arrest suspect in hit-and-run near Lawrence University

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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - Appleton Police have arrested a man for an Oct. 5 hit-and-run crash near Lawrence University.

On Thursday, police arrested 43-year-old James L. Hutcherson of Appleton on a charge of Hit and Run Causing Great Bodily Harm.

Hutcherson appeared before an Outagamie County judge Friday. Cash bond was set at $5,000.

The crash happened at the intersection of Lawe Street and E. College Avenue. Police say a silver Jaguar hit a 21-year-old Lawrence student while she was in the crosswalk.

The victim was taken to a hospital where she spent several days being treated for a serious head injury. She suffered a brain bleed, a skull fracture and air on the brain.

Traffic camera video showed the car hitting the victim and driving away on E. College Avenue.

Police released the video to the media and on social media. They received numerous tips and were able to locate the silver Jaguar in the crash. The man connected to that vehicle is James Hutcherson, police say.

Hutcherson told a friend that "he hit that girl," according to a criminal complaint obtained by Action 2 News. The friend told police that Hutcherson said he needed help getting rid of the car. He talked about taking it to Illinois to ditch it there.

Hutcherson told his friend that he felt bad about what happened. He said the girl was wearing dark clothes and he never saw her. Hutcherson told his friend that the girl's headphones got wrapped around the driver's side mirror and he had to get rid of them.

Police spoke with Hutcherson who denied that he was driving the car that hit the victim.

"In this case, his story didn't match up with stories that we had already checked with other people, and so we're very confident at this point that we not only have the vehicle, but we also have the person responsible for that incident," said Sgt. Dave Lund, Appleton Police Department.

Hutcherson's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 16.