Hit and run driver arrested

A Carson City man was arrested Monday night four hours after he allegedly ran over a pedestrian on Saliman Road.

Marques Pilar Giron, 25, was booked into the Carson City Jail at 10:33 p.m. on suspicion of felony battery with a deadly weapon causing substantial bodily harm.

According to the arrest report, officers were called out to Saliman Road and Telegraph Street at 6:20 p.m. where they found 28-year-old Rodney Ricks Jr., in the street with a head injury.

Witnesses reported seeing the victim walking north on the east side of Saliman Road when a passenger in a northbound white truck began yelling at him. In response, Ricks screamed profanities at the truck, the report states. The truck, driven by Giron, then allegedly stopped and drove in reverse in a failed attempt to strike Ricks.

Detective Dave Legros said after Ricks jumped out of the way, he confronted Giron in the driver's seat and the two exchanged punches.

"Then (Giron) drove off and the guy was holding onto the door. (Ricks) couldn't hold on any longer and (Giron) ran him over," said Detective Dave Legros.

Legros said Ricks suffered a head injury and internal injuries where the truck tires ran over his torso. He was flown from the scene to Renown Regional Medical Center where he remained in serious condition Tuesday.

Giron then allegedly fled the scene. He was located hours later at his Airport Road apartment after attempting to arrange a hiding place for his pickup truck.

The report states Giron, who smelled of alcohol at the time of his arrest, refused to speak with officers, but asked about the condition of Ricks.

Legros said Ricks is unable to recall the event because of the head injury. He said the two men do not know one another.

Giron is being held on $30,000 bail.

Contact reporter F.T. Norton at ftnorton@nevadaappeal.com or 881-1213.

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