GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) —A driver who was drunk said he thought he hit a deer when he actually hit a bicyclist who was severely injured in the crash, court documents say.
Paul Eastway, 53, of Grand Haven, was charged with operating while intoxicated causing serious injury and failure to stop at the scene of a serious injury crash, the Kent County Sheriff’s Office said.
The crash happened April 15 on N. Division north of 13 Mile Road in Sparta Township. Deputies say the bicyclist, a 36-year-old Sparta man, was seriously injured and sustained broken bones in the crash.
The driver took off after the crash but later came forward to investigators, saying he thought he hit a deer. He said he did not stop to check out his vehicle or call police.
Deputies said their investigation revealed alcohol was involved. Eastway had been drinking at the Sparta Moose Lodge just before the crash, deputies said, and was seen on lodge surveillance video appearing “unsteady on his feet,” according to a probable cause document.
After the crash, detectives say Eastway headed to a McDonald’s restaurant, where a witness told police he seemed drunk when he ordered food at the drive-thru.
Eastway was arraigned last week and is expected back in court June 14 for a hearing. Both counts he faces are five-year felonies.
The victim of the crash told News 8 his condition is improving and he hopes to be back on a bike by mid-July.