Prosecutors on Monday charged a 52-year-old Lincoln woman for allegedly hitting a pedestrian with her car, nearly killing him, and then zooming off.

Debra A. Novak, 2701 N. 70th St., hit 46-year-old David Hughes about 11 p.m. Feb. 21 at 48th and Madison in her tan 2004 Pontiac Sunfire, a Lincoln police officer said in an affidavit to jail her.

Deputy Lancaster County Attorney Jan Lipovsky charged Novak Monday with leaving the scene of a serious injury accident, a felony.

County Judge Thomas Fox set her bond at 10 percent of $75,000. Fox also ordered her not to drive or drink alcohol.

The crash broke Hughes’ lower leg, which doctors almost had to amputate, gave him a traumatic brain injury and broke and dislocated his clavicle, the officer said.

Hospital staff on Monday afternoon said they didn’t have any information on Hughes. He improved from critical to serious condition in the days after the accident and was stable enough on Feb. 23 to do an interview with police.

Investigators narrowed down the pool of cars to nine using witness’ descriptions and debris torn off the car when it hit Hughes, the officer said.

They also got a tip that Novak talked about hitting a pedestrian and rented a storage unit the morning after the crash, which they confirmed with the owners of the storage business, the officer said.

Armed with a warrant, police searched the unit and found a Sunfire under a car cover missing pieces recovered at the crash scene. The car was also damaged on the right bumper and had holes in the windshield on the passenger side.

Plus, investigators found a crushed Hurricane beer can stuck between the hood and grill, which Hughes bought from the Kwik Shop right before the crash, the officer said.

Police interviewed a witness who said she drank with Novak at a nearby bar, and Novak was supposed to get a ride with someone, the officer said. Novak later called the witness and said a stalker jumped onto her car and broke the windshield.

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