Damaged vehicle

The vehicle, currently in impound by troopers, was reportedly being driven by Jesse Isberg-Ohler when he struck a pedestrian Saturday night on Emmaus Road.

A Delta Junction man was arraigned on felony charges of assault and leaving the scene of an accident following a hit and run accident Saturday night on Emmaus Road in Delta Junction. Troopers say 27-year-old Jesse Isberg-Ohler struck a 15-year-old that was walking along Emmaus Road Saturday night.

Emergency responders were dispatched shortly after 9:30 p.m. Saturday to the report of a pedestrian hit-and-run on Emmaus Road. Upon arrival responders found an individual on the ground being assisted by good samaritans.

According to court documents, video surveillance of the area obtained by troopers showed what appeared to be a Chevrolet Impala traveling north on Emmaus Road strike the victim from behind and continue driving. The same vehicle later appeared to return from the other direction and drive past the victim without rendering any aide.

Troopers searched vehicle registrations and located a vehicle matching the description owned by Isberg-Ohler. Troopers contacted Isberg-Ohler who said he had not been driving the vehicle because it had a donut tire on the front and he had been receiving rides. During the interview Isberg-Ohler later admitted to striking the victim with the car.

Isberg-Ohler reportedly told troopers he was adjusting a song on his phone when he looked up and saw the victim just before striking him and did not stop because he was scared.

The victim, who was transported to Fairbanks by ambulance, reportedly has two broken legs and underwent surgery on Monday for a head injury. He was reported on Tuesday as improving.

Isberg-Ohler was arrested by troopers on Tuesday. No information was available as to whether Isberg-Ohler was remanded or released on bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 7 in Fairbanks.

Michael Paschall is the publisher of the Delta Wind and covers general news topics. He can be reached at news@deltawindonline.com.