Police: SUV hit cyclist in Cary, drove off

08/04/2014 7:01 AM

08/04/2014 7:02 AM

Police are searching for a driver who struck a young bicyclist Thursday night and then drove away.

Investigators suspect that a sport utility vehicle collided with the bicycle at or just after 10 p.m. on North Harrison Avenue, near its intersection with Queen Elizabeth Drive, north of downtown Cary.

The victim, described by police only as a juvenile, was hospitalized at WakeMed’s Raleigh campus with severe injuries. Evidence suggests that the vehicle involved was a Chevrolet Suburban with a model year between 2000 and 2005, police said.

Police believe the vehicle has “noticeable damage” to its front and right panel, along with its hood and windshield. The car may be missing a fog light, police said.

The Cary Police Department describes the crash as a felony hit-and-run. Investigators ask anyone with information to call the department at 919-469-4012 or Cary Crime Stoppers at 919-460-4636. Crime Stoppers pays up to $2,500 for confidential tips leading to the arrest or indictment of those responsible for committing certain types of crimes.

Meanwhile, the town is encouraging bicyclists to ride on the street, with the flow of traffic, while wearing a helmet and light-colored clothing. The town recommends the use of a light and reflective material for bicycling at dawn, dusk and night.

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