Hit-and-run driver sought by Crime Stoppers

Hit-and-run driver sought by Crime Stoppers
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POSTED: Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 1:21pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 16, 2013 - 7:55am

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps identify the driver of a pickup who struck a bicyclist Wednesday evening on Valley Drive.

The 57-year-old bicyclist remains in critical condition Thursday at University Medical Center of El Paso.

Las Cruces Police learned that at shortly after 8:30 p.m. Wednesday,  a red GMC or Chevrolet full-size pickup struck the bicyclist who was heading southbound near the 1800 block of south Valley Drive.

The bicyclist was located several feet from where the initial impact occurred and was initially transported to Memorial Medical Center. He was transported to UMC later Wednesday evening.

The driver of the pickup did not stop to render aid, and instead drove south on Valley Drive while dragging the bicycle lodged underneath the vehicle. Police located the bicycle on south Main Street underneath the I-10 overpass.

The whereabouts of the pickup and its driver are unknown but the last known direction of the vehicle was south on Main Street near University Avenue. It is believed that the pickup may have some damage to its front end.

The pickup is believed to be a newer-model, full-size, red GMC or Chevrolet with either an extra cab or four full doors.
Anyone with information that can help identify the driver or location of the pickup is asked to call Las Cruces Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or send a tip via text message to CRIMES (274637), keyword LCTIPS.

The Crime Stoppers number and text messaging services are operational 24 hours a day and you do not have to give your name to collect a reward.

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