SUV Fled Scene After Hitting Bicyclist in Hebron

Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013  |  Updated 5:46 PM EDT
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SUV Fled Scene After Hitting Bicyclist in Hebron

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John Schaeffler, 42, was seriously injured when he was hit by an SUV while riding his bike along London Road in Hebron on Friday. The driver of the SUV sped off, leaving Schaeffler on the side of the road.

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Police are searching for the driver of an SUV who took off after hitting a man on a bicycle in Hebron on Friday.

John Schaeffler, 42, was riding his bike along the shoulder of London Road around 6:30 p.m. on Friday, when he was hit from behind, according to state police.

Schaeffler was rushed to Hartford Hospital with serious injuries. He has a fractured neck, fractured pelvis and damage to internal organs, according to a Facebook post by his wife, Melanie Schaeffler.

The SUV that struck Schaeffler left behind a broken piece of plastic with a Ford etching on it, police said. Investigators determined the plastic is from a 2012-2014 Ford Explorer.

The vehicle involved would have damage to the right side of the grille and the right headlight, according to police.

Anyone with information about the incident or the SUV is asked to call State Police Trooper DeCarll at 860-537-7500.

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