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Woman charged in Orange Park hit-and-run

Bicyclist recovering after his skull was fractured Halloween night

Clay County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Heather Harry
Clay County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Heather Harry

ORANGE PARK, Fla. – A 26-year-old woman was arrested Saturday, accused of leaving the scene after hitting a bicyclist Halloween night on Blanding Boulevard, in front of the Orange Park Walmart store. 

Heather Harry, of Orange Park, is accused in the accident in which Mike McArdle was hit. Clay County deputies said the impact cracked the car's windshield before the driver apparently drove off. According to the arrest report, Harry's car drove over McArdle's bicycle in the center northbound lane of Blanding.

"I don't really remember a whole lot. I was coming down the sidewalk off of Blanding. I got to the crosswalk at Walmart and the only thing I remember doing is looking at the crosswalk sign and checking the street signs and they were all red, and I went through it," McArdle said. "The next thing I know, I'm sitting on the sidewalk with EMTs (emergency medical technicians) and I'm bleeding out the side of my face and my bike's mangled and they say I just got hit by a car."

McArdle was initially in the trauma unit. He told News4Jax that he has a fracture skull and was bleeding from the brain, but has since been released.

"It's pretty incredible. I wouldn't have thought I would be walking already or anything like that and it's pretty amazing. I didn't really break anything," McArdle said. "I do have fractures in my skull, but I guess that's what happens when you use your head to go through a windshield."

When deputies went to Harry's home with an arrest warrant, they noted that her vehicle had damage consistent with the crash.

Charissa Dionne, McArdle's sister, said she was ready to take her children trick-or-treating when got the call informing her that her brother was involved in a crash.

 


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