Ottawa County hit-and-run driver turns himself in

Reck Medacco, hit-and-run
Grass remains caught in the back of Rick Madacco's motorcycle days after he was hit by a vehicle that then took off. (Aug. 23, 2016)

PORT SHELDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say an Ottawa County man who hit a motorcyclist and drove off has turned himself in.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office says it received a tip about the possible suspect and vehicle involved in the Aug. 19 crash on Tuesday. Authorities said a friend of the suspect then helped convince him to come forward.

Reck Medacco, hit-and-run
Rick Medacco needed a neck brace after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver on US-31. (Aug. 23, 2016)

Deputies say the 48-year-old West Olive man admitted to drinking alcohol before the crash. Investigators say his 2006 Volkswagen Jetta was making a Michigan left turn on US-31 at Stanton Street in Port Sheldon Township when he pulled out in front of a motorcycle.

The rider, 36-year-old Rick Medacco, was thrown from his motorcycle. He was taken to the hospital with two cracked vertebrae, two broken ribs, a lacerated kidney and a bruised colon.

Medacco told 24 Hour News 8 he would just like an apology from the driver. The Roosevelt Park man said it’s the second time in 15 years he’s been the victim of a hit-and-run driver.

The case will be forwarded to the Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office to determine what charges the man will face. The suspect’s name is being withheld until he’s formally charged in the crash.

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