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Arrest in Johnson County hit-and-run

A man accused of hitting two teenage boys with his SUV and driving away has been arrested in Johnson County.

 

Eric Smith, 31, faces two counts of leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury and one count of driving while suspended, reports The Daily Journal.

 

Police say Smith admitted to hitting the boys early on the morning of August 5.

 

According to The Daily Journal, Smith told officers he was afraid he'd "go away forever" due to his suspended license, so he drove away from the scene.

 

Detectives used debris from the accident and matched it with missing pieces of Smith's SUV. The SUV also had "significant" damage to the hood and windshield. Using this evidence, detectives determined Smith's car was involved in the crash.

 

Smith was arrested and taken to the Johnson County Jail. He has since bonded out.

 

The two boys injured in the hit-and-run are expected to recover from their injuries.