Cyclist injured in hit-and-run hopes to find driver of car responsible for crash

Posted at 6:13 PM, Jul 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-26 20:40:07-04

HERRIMAN, Utah - A bicyclist from Herriman is asking for your help to find a driver who caused a serious accident and fled the scene.

James Hunter said he was riding his bike down the canyon from Snowbird Thursday when a car sideswiped him, causing him to fly from his bicycle.

The impact caused serious damage, and the cyclist said there's no way the driver didn't notice.

“I heard a honk, and next thing I know I'm getting passed, and I'm getting sideswiped," he said. "And, at that point, I went down really hard on my hip and just started sliding. It could have been a whole lot worse."

The crash broke his femur and caused joint damage as well as severe road rash.

Hunter’s wife said her husband is focusing on healing now, but she can't help but wonder who would do something like this.

“It's inhumane to not stop," Danielle Hunter said.

Hunter said he hopes someone comes forward, but if nothing else he just hopes this reminds everyone to share the road.

“Give cyclists space and try to slow down, and if you do make a mistake try to catch it early and do what's right,” Hunter said.

Police don't have a good description of the vehicle, but witnesses described it as a white car, possibly a Volkswagen Jetta.

If you have a tip in this case, you are asked to call police at 801-743-7000.