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Injured cyclist searches for clues, 'vanished' items after Ocean Beach crash

Posted at 5:18 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 21:27:10-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - An injured cyclist is searching for answers along with some items that disappeared after a possible hit-and-run crash Monday.

Rick Cessinger started biking from Ocean Beach to his home in Mission Beach around 4 p.m. Monday after leaving the home of his friend, Janet Kelleher.

"He put his backpack and helmet on, and rides off," said Kelleher.

The handyman biked down Catalina Boulevard. About a mile and a half away, there was a crash near the intersection of Catalina Boulevard and Tennyson Street, leaving Cessinger unconscious. A day later, Cessinger woke up in a hospital with six broken ribs, a fractured collarbone, a punctured lung, and little memory of what happened.

A photo of the bike helmet reveals it was cracked in the back. Kelleher retired from a career in law enforcement.

"It seems to me he was hit from the back and ejected off the bike ... It's bad. It's disgraceful. How does someone hit someone and drive off?" said Kelleher.

That question is just one of many. Here's another one: Was Cessinger also robbed? Paramedics left Cessinger a bag with his helmet and shoes. His backpack, containing his wallet and phone, is missing. Kelleher called police.

"They checked, and there was no property impounded associated with the report number," said Kelleher.

A Gofundme campaign has been set up to help with Cessinger's expenses.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call San Diego Police at 619-531-2000.