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Police: 74-year-old runs over cyclist in La Mesa, flees scene thinking he hit curb

Posted at 8:58 PM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 23:59:30-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A 74-year-old man reportedly hit a bicyclist with his truck in La Mesa Tuesday before leaving the scene thinking he simply hit a curb, police say.

According to police, the crash happened on the 7000 block of University Avenue at 4:19 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say the 74-year-old was driving his 1994 GMC pick-up truck when he turned right onto Harbinson Avenue and struck the 21-year-old bicyclist. Police say the cyclist was in a designated bicycle lane.

The man kept driving, thinking he hit a curb, according to authorities.

“When contacted by the police the driver of the pick-up truck was shocked to learn that he had hit a bicyclist and cooperated fully with the investigation,” La Mesa Police said in a news release.

According to police, the bicyclist appeared to have a broken ankle as a result of the crash.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 619-667-1400.