Bike hit and run: Fort Collins police say driver to blame in crash that hurt cyclist

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Update: A silver Ford Explorer ran through a red light last week in Fort Collins, colliding with a cyclist and sending him flying off his bike before the driver fled from the scene, leaving the cyclist on the ground. So says the police's official accident report, on view below, along with our original interview with Dave Dornan, the 62-year-old cyclist who is now recovering from a hit-and-run crash he can barely remember.

Rebekah Finkle, a community service officer with the Fort Collins Police Department, shares witness accounts from an incident last Tuesday. That's when a Ford Explorer was traveling southbound on South College Avenue by Columbia Road when it ran through a red light. At the same time, Dornan, the cyclist, was headed eastbound.

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Dave Dornan, the injured cyclist.
Finkle says the vehicle collided with the cyclist in a crash that knocked off part of the car's hubcap. But the Explorer continued southbound, and police have been unable to locate the car or a suspect at this writing. While there were several witnesses on the scene, no one caught a license plate or knew the year of the car, and Finkle says there's no footage of the crash.

Assuming that the driver had a valid license and insurance, he or she could eventually be charged with careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident, a misdemeanor offense.

Finkle says of the cyclist, "He had the right of way. He was going eastbound on a green light."

Here's the full police report and below is our original coverage from last week.

Fort Collins Accident Report

Continue for our original coverage and interview with cyclist Dave Dornan.


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bikelvr1
bikelvr1

Really won't make a lot of difference if they catch the driver. I was hit by a car while on my bike in August. I completely had the right of way and had a witness who chased the car down. Sheriff's office apprehended the hit-and-run driver. She ended up with a 4 point careless driving ticket and no mention that it was a hit and run (the deputy didn't even note on the citation that it was, in fact, a hit and run). As long as people get off the hook so easily, it's going to keep happening. As Dave said, if they'd only stopped to make sure I was okay (which is actually the law), I would have been pretty darn forgiving. Car/bike accidents are going to happen...but good lord, people, take some responsibility for your actions! How in the heck can you sleep at night? Feel better, Dave...hope your bike is okay too!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@bikelvr1  ... would you have been any less hurt had the driver not run AFTER the accident?

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