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Lyft driver who hit Arlington bicycle officer turns himself in, police say

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A Lyft driver accused in a hit-and-run that injured an Arlington police officer turned himself in on Monday afternoon.

Steven Turner, 37, was arrested on a charge of failure to stop and render aid. Turner also had misdemeanor warrants for his arrest out of Fort Worth, police said.

After the hit-and-run, Arlington police released images of Turner’s vehicle, which appeared to show a light on his front dashboard that indicated he could be a ride-share driver.

Investigators contacted Lyft and Uber for help.

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Turner turned himself in at the Arlington Police Department at around 6 p.m. He told officers that Lyft contacted him to say that his license to operate a ride-share vehicle had been suspended because they suspected he had been involved in a collision with a police officer, Lt. Christopher Cook said.

Turner said he then went online and found a Star-Telegram story about the collision. He said he didn’t know he hit a person and thought he had hit an object, Cook said.

It wasn’t immediately known if Turner had other occupants in his vehicle at the time of the collision.

The bicycle officer who was hit was off-duty, but working in his uniform for an assignment at AT&T Stadium, where the Kaaboo Texas music festival was being held, at 12:45 a.m. on Saturday.

He was riding alongside another bicycle officer across Collins Street near Rogers Street.

When the officer was hit, he fell from the bike and the driver continued northbound on Collins Street, police said.

The officer was taken to Medical City of Arlington Hospital and released about three hours later.

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