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Rutherford police seek help finding hit-and-run motorist who struck bicyclist on Route 17

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo

PUBLIC ALERT: Rutherford police are seeking the public’s help finding a motorist who fled after his car struck a bicyclist on Route 17 who was headed from New York City to Pennsylvania.

The 32-year-old victim, from Bronson, Mich., had stopped on the median between the southbound highway and the north service road near the Route 3 interchange to tend to a mechanical problem, Police Chief John Russo told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

The driver was in the center land and “tried to make a last-ditch attempt to merge onto the service road by cutting across the median” when his dark-colored sedan with Maryland license plates hit the victim around 10:10 p.m., Russo said.

The victim landed on the hood, smashing the windshield and sustaining massive facial injuries, the chief said. He was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, he said.

The driver then “backed up and took off towards the [Rutherford] north service road and local streets,” Russo said.

Witnesses told police the sedan sustained front-end damage along with the broken windsheield.

IF YOU SEE THE VEHICLE , or have information that could help the investigation, call Rutherford PD: (201) 939-6000

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