Man convicted in 2013 hit-and-run

Gary Farhat (photo courtesy Kent County Correctional Facility - Jan. 31, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A man has been found guilty for crashing into a pedestrian and leaving the scene last spring.

Gary Maurice Farhat was driving a Ford Explorer, which struck James Sidney Bacon, who was crossing W. Fulton Street near Ionia Avenue NW in Grand Rapids on April 7, 2013.

Farhat, 37, fled the scene and did not contact police about the incident.

Police received several tips, which led to investigators identifying Farhat as the suspect.

On June 27, the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office issued a felony arrest warrant for Farhat.

Farhat’s trial began on Jan. 27.

Testimony stated Farhat led his friends to believe he was a doctor, according to a news release from police. Testimony also stated he had been involved in a previous hit-and-run crash in Walker, and had been drinking with friends at a local bar prior to being involved in the Grand Rapids incident.

On Jan. 31, a jury convicted Farhat who now awaits sentencing.

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