Sheriff's Department seeking Columbia driver who left scene of accident

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 | 3:52 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Boone County Sheriff's Department was searching for a man who fled the scene of a rollover car accident Tuesday night.

The accident occurred on the 2600 block of Oakland Gravel Road. When deputies arrived around 9:20 p.m., they discovered a 15-year-old girl who had been thrown from the car on impact, and a 14-year-old girl and 18-year-old man inside the car.

The driver fled the scene on foot, said Detective Tom O'Sullivan of the Sheriff's Department.

Derrell A. Lewis, 24, of Columbia, was wanted by the Boone County Sheriff's Department on suspicion of fleeing the scene of an accident and driving without a license.

Deputies identified the suspect based on the car's registration, personal mail and other items found in the car. One of the female passengers identified the suspect from a photo after the incident, O'Sullivan said.

All three passengers were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries, O'Sullivan said.

Supervising editor is Simina Mistreanu.

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