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Police charge man in hit-and-run that left pedestrian in critical condition

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Posted at 7:35 PM, Sep 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-23 19:35:02-04

CINCINNATI -- Police arrested a man Friday who they said was responsible for a hit-and-run crash that left a pedestrian in critical condition a week earlier.

Mark Richardson, 28, was charged with aggravated vehicular assault and failure to stop after an accident. The Cincinnati Police Department's Fugitive Apprehension Unit arrested Richardson at about 9:30 a.m. Friday.

Police said Richardson was the SUV driver who hit 35-year-old Brandon Brown outside a Bond Hill apartment building Sept. 16. The Ford Escape went off the road at a high rate of speed, up a grass embankment and into a parking lot, where it struck Brown.

The SUV then hit a tree, went back onto the road, went back off the road again and hit a street sign, according to police. The vehicle continued across Reading Road, into another parking lot where it hit a metal pole, then continued up Reading Road.

Police found the SUV abandoned not far from the scene.

Brown suffered life-threatening injuries and was listed in critical condition at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, police said.

Police asked that any witnesses call the Traffic Unit at 513-352-2514.