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Jeep driver located in hit and run

UPDATE: The driver of the red Jeep reported to be involved in the hit and run yesterday has been identified and located, according to Fredericksburg police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe.  The investigation is ongoing.



Fredericksburg police are looking for the driver of a Jeep who plowed into a bicyclist Monday afternoon and fled, leaving the victim with two broken legs.

City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said the hit-and-run incident took place about 3:20 p.m. at the intersection of Park Hill Drive and Sam Perry Boulevard near the Mary Washington Hospital emergency room entrance.

The victim, a 27-year-old homeless man, was riding in the crosswalk when a red Jeep turning from Park Hill Drive crashed into him.

The impact knocked the victim about 20 feet into the roadway, Bledsoe said.

A rescue squad from Stafford County that had just transported a patient to the hospital was in the area. The crew came to the bicyclist’s assistance, carrying him the short distance to the emergency room.

The victim was treated for his broken legs and other injuries, including multiple scrapes and bruises.

A woman who witnessed the incident described the fleeing driver as a white male with a dark beard who was wearing a baseball cap. The red Jeep had a tan canvas top, lifted suspension and mud tires.

Anyone with information is asked to call city police at 540/373-3122.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404