Bicyclist seriously injured in hit-and-run |

Bicyclist seriously injured in hit-and-run

RIFLE – Authorities are looking for the driver of a car that struck a 69-year-old bicyclist Wednesday, seriously injuring him.Mackenzie Burnett was riding west on Garfield County Road 294, just outside city limits, when a car struck him from behind at 4:40 p.m. He and his bike were thrown “a significant distance” into a ditch, the Colorado State Patrol reported.Burnett was taken by ambulance to Grand River Medical Center, and then to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.The driver fled the scene. A witness described the driver as a Latino male, driving a silver or gray Honda Accord with a black bra cover on the front and a Colorado license plate. The vehicle probably has minor to moderate damage to the front passenger-side bumper and hood area, and the passenger-side windshield also may be cracked.The State Patrol is hoping for help from the public in finding the driver in the incident. Investigators also want to speak to other witnesses who have not come forward.Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact the on-duty State Patrol supervisor or Trooper Brian Koch, a CSP accident reconstructionist. The CSP Glenwood number is 945-6198.The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Rifle police and the Rifle Fire Department/EMS also responded to the crash.

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