Bicyclist remains in critical condition after hit-and-run

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Article Date: 11/4/2009 | Resource: MLG

Bicyclist remains in critical condition after hit-and-run

“Anaheim police are looking for the driver of a dark colored SUV or minivan involved in Monday’s accident.”

A 54-year-old bicyclist remains in critical condition two days after he was hit while riding around a car parked on an Anaheim street.

Authorities are searching for the driver who left him lying in the street.

The Anaheim man was pedaling west on Broadway between Atchinson and Kroeger streets around 5:30 p.m. Monday when he rode around a parked car, Anaheim police Sgt. Rick Martinez said. A vehicle also headed west hit the bicyclist and kept driving, Martinez said.

Paramedics treated the man and took him to a hospital, Martinez said.

The bicyclist suffered head and internal injuries, he said.

Investigators don’t have a clear description of the vehicle that hit him but believe it may have been a dark colored SUV or minivan. There is likely damage to the passenger side of the vehicle and the passenger-side mirror was broken.

The hit-and-run accident comes on the heels of a highly publicized case involving an emergency room doctor who was convicted on Monday in connection with a collision with two bicyclists in Brentwood.

Christopher Thomas Thompson, 60, was found guilty of two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon and battery with serious bodily injury and one count each of reckless driving causing specified injury, reckless driving and mayhem.

The prosecution argued that Thompson deliberately pulled in front of the cyclists, then slammed on the brakes of his Infiniti sedan.

Thompson’s attorney countered that he did not slam on his brakes.

One of the cyclists, Ronald Peterson, crashed through the sedan’s rear window and suffered a broken nose, broken teeth and facial cuts

The other cyclist, Christian Stoehr, suffered a separated shoulder after crashing to the pavement during the July 4, 2008 incident.

The trial was closely monitored by cycling enthusiasts. Thompson will be sentenced Dec. 3

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Jeffrey Marquart