by Ken Davidson
The 7000 block of Columbia Avenue was closed at approximately 7:30 pm tonight due to a hit and run accident. A red mini-van reportedly struck a passenger car and left the scene. Officers looked for the van for approximately 30 minutes before locating it at 176th Street and Howard Avenue. The driver of the van had fled the vehicle. A citizen reported seeing a white male fleeing on 176th place and officers then began the search for that individual. A suspect was ultimately located and arrested. The driver of the vehicle that was hit was injured but refused medical treatment. The scene was ultimately cleared at approximately 8:30 p.m.