Police look to the public to find driver that struck a cyclist

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EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KTVI) - He was hit by a car and left for dead.  Edwardsville Police are searching for the driver of the vehicle.  It all unfolded last month, on Friday the 13th, and since then police have had no luck finding the person responsible. Edwardsville Lt. Mike Fillback said, “It’s very disappointing anyone in our society would treat another person that way.”

It happened as the victim was riding to work on his bicycle on Highway 157 in southern Edwardsville just after five in the morning. He was hit from behind, the driver left the scene and a 48-year-old seriously injured man.  Lt. Fillback added, “He had broken vertebrae in his back and his neck along with broken ribs.” Plus he suffered other injuries all over his body.  From evidence gathered at the scene police have determined the vehicle was a 1990’s Jeep Cherokee.

Doug Colhman is a cyclist.  He said, “It happens so quick it’s pretty scary.”  He has been hit by a car five times while riding his bike, “With a car weighing three tons you know you being on a bike it’s pretty scary.”

Workers at the The Cyclery bike shop in Edwardsville advise both cyclists and people behind the wheel of car to be more aware.  Matt Dawson is the store manager, “It definitely makes you worry when you here about something like that for sure.”  Lt. Mike Fillback said, “He could have been killed just because of the accident, but he could have also died from those injuries left unattended.”

Police have no witnesses. They’re asking anyone who knows anything about this to give them a call, the smallest lead could break the case wide open.