Hemet driver jailed after police find his license plate at crash site
■ Chronicle News Staff
Local realtor Greg Treadwell, who routinely was seen riding around Hemet on his Harley Davidson motorcycle sporting a Brubaker-Culton realty sign, was injured last Tuesday, April 10, when a driver plowed into the rear of his stopped bike near the intersection of Acacia Avenue and Girard Street, according to authorities and local news sources.
Treadwell was taken to an area trauma center where he remains hospitalized with multiple injuries including a severely mangled knee, according to witnesses.
The driver of a Honda Civic coupe, who reportedly fled the scene immediately after the crash, was arrested by the CHP and Riverside Sheriff’s deputies and jailed in the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside where he was being held on $75,000 bond for investigation of hit and run resulting in great bodily injury. News sources identified him as Steve Christopher Holt, 44, of Hemet.
Investigators located Holt’s auto because the impact caused the vehicle’s front bumper and license plate to tear loose, both of which were located at the scene of the crash. A check with DMV of the license plate gave officers Holt’s address, where they located both him and the car.
Hemet resident Kirk Johnson reportedly witnessed the crash and saw the responsible vehicle flee the scene before stopping to help Treadwell who was pitched forward through the air and had his motorcycle land on top of him. Johnson managed to get the heavy bike off of Treadwell even though it weighed more than 500 pounds.
Officers interviewed Holt in his yard and conducted a field sobriety test, but apparently he was not booked on DUI charges, records indicate.