A bicycle rider was run down and left for dead by the driver of the vehicle that hit her. Police knew they were looking for a 2013 Toyota Camry thanks to a witness. The vehicle was located in the parking lot of a Louisiana hotel, just days after the hit-and-run auto accident.
At approximately 12:45 a.m., on Oct. 7, the 34-year-old bicycle rider was struck by the Toyota. The preliminary investigation suggests that the driver of the vehicle ran a red light prior to hitting the cyclist. According to a witness, the man driving the Camry initially stopped and got out of the vehicle, but then left the scene shortly thereafter. The witness was able to get photographs of both the vehicle and the driver before he fled.
The bicycle rider survived the accident and was taken to an area hospital. She is said to be in stable condition at this time. The nature and extent of her injuries is not known, however.
The vehicle is reportedly registered to a 77-year-old woman who lives in Oregon. She does not appear to be involved in this incident. Police are still attempting to locate the man from the witness photographs, who is believed to have been driving the car at the time of the accident. Law enforcement officials are seeking any information regarding the man’s whereabouts.
When he is found, not only is it likely that he will face criminal charges, but the injured woman may file a personal injury claim against him as well. Under Louisiana law, she may be able to recover damages associated with this auto accident, such as pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages. The official report and witness statements in this case may be used by the woman as evidence of the driver’s negligence, which must be proved for her to recover any damages.