Bicyclist injured in hit-and-run

GREENFIELD — A 73-year-old woman suffered a head injury after the bicycle she was riding was struck by a passing pickup truck. Police say the driver fled the accident scene.

Now, police are on the lookout for the driver and are investigating the accident as a hit and run.

The crash occurred just before 9 p.m. Sunday. Police at the scene said the woman was riding in the 2000 block of Apple Street, near the roundabout at New Road.

A witness told police a white pickup truck hit the cyclist but didn’t stop.

Police think the woman might have been hit by the truck’s side mirror.

There was no damage to the bicycle, police said.

The woman was conscious at the scene but not alert, police said. She was taken to Hancock Regional Hospital, where doctors were trying to decide if the woman needed to be airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital for further treatment.

Police were not able to provide an update on the woman’s condition. The crash remains under investigation.

The accident comes on the heels of a bicycle accident in rural New Palestine that occurred around the same time of day, killing one cyclist and injuring another.

Carla McCloud and Amanda Wheeler were struck just after 9 p.m. Aug. 11 by a 17-year-old driver, who police said was drunk behind the wheel at the time of the accident.

McCloud, 22, of New Palestine died from her injuries. Wheeler, 22, of Greenfield was treated and released. The teen driver, Timothy Hughes, faces charges in adult court.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.