Driver wearing bulletproof vest strikes pedestrian in Rochester

The 21-year-old claimed the vest keeps him warm, according to police.
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A man is in custody in Rochester after police say he was the driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that injured a woman on Tuesday afternoon. 

Rochester PD reports that the 21-year-old driver was eastbound on Center Street near Civic Center Drive when his Honda Element struck a 58-year-old woman who was crossing the street. 

The driver didn't stop, fleeing the scene. The woman was transported to Mayo Clinic St. Marys Campus in Rochester where she was treated for minor injuries. 

A short time after the hit-and-run, the driver was stopped near 6th Avenue Southwest and 16th Street. Police say the 21-year-old was wearing a bulletproof vest and told officers that he's from Florida and the vest keeps him warm. 

According to jail records, he is facing a felony charge of committing a crime while wearing a bulletproof vest, a misdemeanor charge for hit-and-run resulting in injury, a misdemeanor for driving without a valid license, and a petty misdemeanor for failure to yield to a pedestrian's right-of-way. 

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