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Doctor Injured In Norwood Hit & Run, Driver ‘Thought He Hit Something’

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NORWOOD (CBS) – A bicyclist seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver in Norwood Friday night has been identified as Dr. James Kolton.

Kolton, a doctor at Norwood Hospital, lives in Boston and normally rides his bike to and from work.

Police say on Friday night around 9 p.m., Kolton was riding northbound on Route 1A when a car slammed into his bike.

Investigators say Kolton was wearing and a fluorescent vest and also had a light on his bike at the time.

He was also wearing a helmet. He was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.

“A lot of broken bones,” Norwood Police Chief William Brooks told WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith. “We understand a broken pelvis and broken ribs, but he is going to survive.”

The driver initially took off from the scene, but turned himself into police Saturday morning.

“This morning the man turned himself in, said he thought he hit something last night,” Chief Brooks said.

The car involved in the crash had significant damage, including a smashed windshield. Police referred to the bike as being “demolished.”

Police have not identified the driver, but said they planned to charge him with negligent operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in serious personal injury.

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