Oakland Bicyclist Victim of Hit-n-Run

A bicyclist is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after being hit by the driver of a pick-up truck who fled the scene this morning. We just received this press release from the Oakland Police Department:

On February 4, 2009, at approximately 5:24 AM, Oakland Police officers were dispatched to the 5600 block of San Pablo Ave to investigate a report of an auto-bicyclist collision. Upon arrival they discovered that a 23 year old Oakland resident had been struck by a pick-up truck. The driver of the truck fled the scene without stopping. The victim was transported to Highland Hospital where he is in critical condition with head trauma. The pick-up truck is described as a red Toyota with wooden panels to extend the height of the bed walls. It should have fresh damage to the right front bumper and fender. The driver was not described. It is not known if alcohol was a factor in the collision. The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of family members. This incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Michael Cardoza at (510) 867-7111.

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