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Altoona man charged in fatal Polk Co. hit and run


Polk County (WQOW) - An Altoona man has been charged after police said he hit a woman in Polk County and left her for dead.

According to police, it happened off an intersection of Hwy. 46 in Amery. Witnesses said the woman was in a crosswalk when she was hit by a blue Saturn driven by Michael George of Altoona. Witnesses said the woman went over the top of his car before landing in the street.

A couple followed George, who pulled over a few blocks later. He got out, took the victim's purse and scarf off his car, and handed them to the witnesses. He then told them he would be back.

Police found George, and his car, at a hotel in Woodville 2.5 hours later. He told police he got lost after the incident because his windshield was smashed. He admitted he made no attempts to call 911.

George failed a field sobriety test at the hotel, with a breathalyzer registering 0.11, 2.5 hours after the incident.

The victim, Lisa Allen, was flown to the hospital but died on Sunday due to her injuries.

George is charged with hit and run involving death. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison.

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