DANVILLE – Police say the driver responsible for Saturday’s hit and run collision that left two bicyclists with major injuries is also responsible for a hit and run collision involving a different bicyclist that occurred 40 minutes earlier.
Police Chief Allan Shields said the first incident occurred at approximately 1:20 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The victim reported that she was riding her bicycle westbound on Diablo Road near Alameda Diablo Road when she was struck by the vehicle, which then fled the scene. The victim suffered minor injuries and did not require hospitalization.
Shields said the second incident occurred at approximately 2:00 p.m. when two cyclists riding eastbound on Diablo Road near Clydesdale Drive were struck by a driver who fled. The two men suffered severe injuries in the crash and were hospitalized. One man was taken by CalStar helicopter to Eden Medical Center, the other transported by ambulance to John Muir Medical Center.
According to a source, the first hit and run was not reported to police until more than 20 minutes after the second incident.
The description of the vehicle in both incidents was that of a silver or white Ford Escape. Further investigation determined the vehicle was likely a 2005-2007 Ford Escape.
The locations of Saturday’s incidents are not far from the location of a different hit-and-run collision involving bicyclists in June. In that incident, two bicyclists were struck by a vehicle while riding on Blackhawk Road at night. That driver initially fled the location but followed first responders back to the scene where he was ultimately arrested.
Danville Police are asking that anyone with information on Saturday’s incident or the vehicle is encouraged to contact Lt. Doug Muse at (925) 314-3700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Police say they cannot speculate about what caused the collisions because the incidents are still under investigation.