San Francisco police have finally tracked down the person responsible for plowing into a pedestrian and leaving him on the street four months ago. On Aug. 14, police arrested 35-year-old Meredith Kessler, a Bay Area triathlete and Ironman champ, on suspicion of felony hit and run.
On March 27 at about 1:15 p.m., Kessler was driving a 2007 Jeep and turned onto Townsend Street where she allegedly struck a 53-year-old man. The victim was in the crosswalk at the time and walking on a green light, said Officer Albie Esparza.
According to court documents obtained by ABC News, the driver "briefly stopped and checked on the victim ... then returned to her vehicle and drove off."
A nearby security camera caught footage of the Jeep and part of its license plate as it left a garage headed toward the intersection where the crime occurred just before the accident. Weeks later, investigators returned to the garage and found the jeep that belonged to Kessler.
Kessler later told investigators she thought the victim, identified as Soren Krogh-Jensen, had suffered a stroke and that's why she stopped -- not because she hit him.
She reportedly said she left the victim because she was late getting to the airport and assumed the man was in good care. The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he was treated for a brain injury.
A felony arrest warrant was issued on August 9, and Kessler surrendered to police on August 14. She has been charged with felony hit and run causing great bodily injury.
Kessler, won Ironman New Zealand on March 2 and later placed 12th at the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in Melbourne on March 24, just three days before the accident. She has been in the process of training for another Ironman event in October, according to Triathlete.com.