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Columbia Missourian

Woman turns herself in and is arrested in Garth Avenue hit and run

By Naif Bartlett
November 7, 2012 | 5:42 p.m. CST

 COLUMBIA — An 86-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident on Monday night.

Marian Ohman, who lives on Garth Avenue, turned herself into police after realizing that she had been involved in an accident in which someone had been injured on Garth.

Elizabeth Chang, who was struck as she was loading her children into her van at about 5:20 p.m., was transported to University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and was listed in fair condition on Wednesday. 

Ohman said she was forced to pull over to make way for a large truck driving in her direction and that she didn't have enough room to drive by. As she pulled closer to the curb, she struck the door of a car. Ohman said she looked into her mirror, did not see anyone and drove on. Ohman said she had no idea she had hit anyone.

Chang is an associate professor of English at MU. Her husband is Columbia School District Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education Peter Stiepleman. He said via email that his wife had undergone successful surgery Wednesday morning and was "on the road to recovery — it'll be a slow road, but we have every expectation that it will happen."

Stiepleman said that his wife's rehabilitation would take some time, about six weeks before she would be able to put weight on both feet.

"We're just grateful our kids are safe and that recovery is expected," he wrote. "All in all, we feel pretty lucky."

 Ohman was released on a summons, according to a news release from Columbia Police.