Have you seen this pickup truck?

A bicyclist was struck and very seriously injured two weeks ago (Sunday October 30, the day before Halloween) on Randolph Road at Sherwood Forest Drive, just west of New Hampshire Avenue, in Silver Spring, Maryland. It was a hit and run -- the driver didn't stay at the scene and didn't give any aid to the injured cyclist. The cyclist was riding in the right lane and was apparently struck from behind. The incident happened at 3 pm, on a very sunny day as I recall.
The Montgomery County police are looking hard for the driver of a blue pick-up truck with wooden racks on the sides, front end damage, and possibly a broken windshield. The truck may be a Ford. It may have been carrying "junk" according to one witness. An officer possibly saw the truck later that night in Silver Spring on Rt. 29 near Prelude Drive (between New Hampshire Avenue and the Beltway), so it could be a local driver.

The 57-year old cyclist suffered serious head trauma and was still in the hospital at last report. I'm keeping in touch with the investigating officer and trying to help out any way I can.

So if you live, work, or travel in the Silver Spring or east Montgomery County area, we could use your help! Keep your eyes peeled for a pickup truck matching the police description. Let the Montgomery County police know if you have any idea whose truck it is. The police are checking local body shops too. Crime Solvers has offered up to a $1000 reward, not that cyclists need a reward to turn in those who commit acts of felony hit and run against us. So spread the word and stay on the lookout! I'll post more information about the cyclist's condition as I hear it, as well as more details about the truck if I hear anything. See below for the official press release. Thanks.

Jack Cochrane
Montgomery Bicycle Advocates (MOBIKE)
Montgomery County Police Press Release

November 14, 2005
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Media Services Division, 240-773-5030

Police Seek Help in Locating Hit and Run Driver From Colesville Collision

Montgomery County Police Traffic officers from the 4th District are seeking the public's help in identifying and locating the driver responsible for a hit and run traffic collision in the afternoon hours of Sunday, October 30, in the Colesville area of Silver Spring.

The investigation has revealed that at 3:04 p.m., a 57-year-old male bicyclist from Hyattsville was traveling eastbound on Randolph Road near Sherwood Forest Drive, when he was struck by a pickup truck. The driver of the truck failed to remain at the scene and drove away in an unknown direction, failing to provide any assistance to the injured bicyclist. The bicyclist was taken to Suburban Hospital where he remains hospitalized for treatment of his serious head trauma.

The truck that left the scene of the collision was described as possibly a blue Ford pickup truck with wooden racks on the sides of the truck bed.

Anyone who has information about the suspect and where to find him/her is asked to call the 4th District Traffic Squad at 240-773-5580. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment in this felony crime.

by B' Spokes

Like most people I live a hectic life and who has the time for much exercise? Thanks to xtracycle now I do. By using my bike for daily activities I can get things done and get an hour plus work out in 15 minutes extra of my time, not a bad deal and beats taking the extra time going to the gym. In case you are still having trouble being motivated; the National Center of Disease Control says that inactivity is the #2 killer in the United States just behind smoking. ( http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/bb_nutrition/ ) Get out there and start living life! I can carry home a full shopping cart of groceries, car pool two kids or just get lost in the great outdoors camping for a week. Well I got go, another outing this weekend.
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The cyclist in this incident died over the weekend. He never regained consciousness. The case is being reassigned to someone in the collision reconstruction squad now. --- . . .o . . /L =()>()