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Oakland Bicyclist Victim of Hit-n-Run

5:23 PM PST on February 4, 2009

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, atapproximately 5:24 AM, Oakland Police officers were dispatched to the 5600 block of San Pablo Ave to investigate a report of an auto-bicyclistcollision. Upon arrival they discovered that a 23 year old Oakland resident had been struck by a pick-uptruck. The driver of the truck fled the scene without stopping. The victim wastransported to Highland Hospital where he is incritical condition with head trauma. The pick-up truck is described as a red Toyotawith wooden panels to extend the height of the bed walls. It should have freshdamage 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 beingwithheld pending notification of family members. This incident is still underinvestigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer MichaelCardoza at (510) 867-7111.

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