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Police seek driver who struck 71-year-old bicyclist

Medford police are looking for the driver of a vehicle that took off after hitting a 71-year-old bicyclist as he pedaled to church on Highway 99 near U.S. Cellular Community Park Sunday morning.

The crash happened at about 7:45 a.m. as the man traveled north on a three-wheel bicycle. He was obeying traffic laws at the time of the crash, driving on the right side of the road and wearing a reflective vest.

A vehicle driving in the same direction struck him. The man was thrown from the bicycle but "avoided serious injury," according to a Medford police Facebook post. The bicyclist was transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Police are troubled that the driver of the vehicle did not stop to help.

"They just continued on," said Medford police Lt. Kerry Curtis. "That's the part that bothers us the most. You know they know they just hit someone. To not stop and render aid, that's the saddest part of this whole case."

The man was clearly visible, Curtis added.

"He's riding on the far right side of the road. You can see his reflective vest," Curtis said.

The passenger side mirror of the driver's vehicle broke off during the crash, and police found it at the scene. The mirror came from a 2013 Honda Civic. Police also found surveillance video that showed the car traveling at a high rate of speed just prior to the crash, though the impact was not caught on camera, Curtis said.

Under Oregon law, a hit and run that results in injury is a Class C felony, which can net a convicted driver up to five years in prison.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Medford police at 541-770-4783 and refer to case 17-22026. 

— Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.