BELLEVUE, Wash. -- A hit-and-run crash between a bicyclist and a truck left a Bellevue man with a broken hip and severe road rash, and now police are on the hunt for the driver.
Bellevue Police said detectives are looking for a black, Ford F-150 style truck with a canopy cover over the bed. The vehicle has damage to its passenger rear-view mirror, but the bicyclist they hit is in much worse shape.
“I’m trying to get more comfortable, there’s just miscellaneous pain down there,” said cyclist Dan Scarf. “I’m sitting here unable to walk, that’s incredibly frustrating.”
Dan has been commuting on his bike from Bellevue to Seattle for years. He said he loves riding home from work along 161st Avenue Southeast often, but until last Wednesday he had never been so close to death.
“I was knocked severely off balance and I ended up crashing on my left side,” he said. “It was over so fast I didn’t have time to think.”
The crash broke Dan’s hip, left road rash on his arms and legs and sent him to the hospital. He is now recovering at home.
Investigators believe the first two characters on the license Ford F-150’s license plate are the letter b and the number 6.
The accident marks the second hit-and-run crash involving a bicycle in Bellevue in just the past four weeks.
Jane Kreihn is still recovering at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Her brother Tim Kreihn spoke to Q13 News last month.
“She is very upset,” Tim Kreihn said of his sister, Jane. “She wants to know why you just left her there.”
Police are still looking for the Toyota Prius, which likely has headlamp damage, that knocked Jane and her bike 100 feet down 118th Avenue Southeast.
Dan has been out of work and stuck home with his dog for nearly a week, but he still doesn't understand why the driver kept going after tossing him to the roadway.
“How can you hit someone, and not stop to see if they’re okay?” said Scarff.
Police still need help identifying the drivers in both cases.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.