A 20-year old man accused of being behind the wheel during a September hit-and-run in Midtown that left another man critically injured pleaded not guilty to the charges against him in court Thursday.
Luke M. Jerde, 20, has been charged with first-degree assault, failure to render aid, reckless driving, tampering with physical evidence, and driving without insurance.
Anchorage police say on Sept. 20, Zachary Mohs was hit by a car while he was trying to cross Arctic Boulevard near its intersection with Tudor Road.
Witnesses to the crash told APD they saw a red sports car -- later identified by detectives as a red Pontiac Fiero -- leave the scene. The Fiero was recovered two days after the crash, when it was found abandoned in a wooded area, and police arrested Jerde in October.
Jerde’s bail was set at $3,000, with a third-party custodian required for release.
Mohs had to have part of his leg amputated, and according to family has been hospitalized ever since he was struck.
Contact Ashleigh Ebert