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Bicyclist injured in hit-and-run crash

August 12, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - A 28-year-old Knoxville, Md., bicyclist was seriously injured Monday afternoon when a car ran a stop sign at the intersection of Church and New streets in Shepherdstown and struck the man while he was riding his bike through the intersection, police said.

The driver of the car left the scene after the accident occurred between 5:30 p.m. and 5:40 p.m., said Cpl. Keith Knotts of the Shepherdstown Police Department.

Knotts would not release the name of the bicyclist because all of his family members had not been notified of the accident Monday night.

The man was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., where doctors were preparing to send him to a hospital in either Hagerstown or Washington, D.C., Knotts said.

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It was believed the man might have had internal, life-threatening injuries, Knotts said.

The car that struck the man was described as a red, early 1990s vehicle, Knotts said.

There were two males riding in the front and two young people riding in the back, Knotts said.

Knotts said he thinks he may be familiar with the driver and the car, and intends to go "door-to-door" in the area of town where he thinks the driver has been seen before in an attempt to find him.

Knotts encouraged the passengers in the car to come forward and offer information about the accident.

"They committed no crime," Knotts said Monday night.

Knotts said anyone with information about the case can call Shepherdstown Police at 304-876-6036.

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