Police searching for driver who hit bicyclist, drove off

This bicycle was badly damaged in a hit-and-run incident in New Haven on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 that left its operator with injuries. (Provided Photo/WANE)

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) New Haven Police are searching for the driver of a car that struck a bicyclist and drove off Tuesday afternoon.

Just after 4 p.m. Tuesday, police and medics were called to the intersection of Seiler and Minnich roads on a report of a personal injury crash. There, police found a man down with head injuries and road rash, and his yellow bicycle badly mangled.

Witnesses told police a silver passenger car had been southbound on Minnich Road when it struck the bicyclist. The witnesses said the car then turned around and drove northbound on Minnich Road away from the crash.

Those witnesses were able to provide police with a partial license plate number, but investigators could not match it.

A young male white with brown hair and a goatee was reportedly behind the wheel of the car, along with a female white passenger, witnesses told police.

The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for head injuries and skin lacerations. Police said he was wearing a helmet, “in this instance which possibly saved his life.”

If anyone has any information about the suspect vehicle, they are encouraged to contact the New Haven Police Department at (260) 748-7080 or Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-STOP.

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