Black SUV suspect vehicle in weekend hit and run

 Lethbridge Regional Police have obtained surveillance footage of what is believed to be the vehicle responsible for striking a 45-year-old cyclist early Sunday morning along Stafford Drive then fleeing the area.

 Police are releasing an image of the vehicle – a black mid to full-size SUV – and are asking anyone who recognizes it or has information about the collision to come forward.

 The 45-year-old victim sustained life-threatening injuries in the hit and run collision and remains in critical condition in Foothills Hospital in Calgary.

Anyone with information is asked to call police 403-328-4444 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.

Investigation in the matter is ongoing.

SUV

BACKGROUND

On Jan. 26, 2014 at approximately 2:49 a.m. a passerby contacted police after observing an injured male lying in the northbound lanes of the Stafford Drive overpass. Upon arrival police located a 45-year-old male cyclist who appeared to be the victim of a hit and run collision. The male was initially transported to Chinook Regional Hospital with life-threatening injuries and later transferred to Calgary Foothills Hospital. He remains in Foothills Hospital in critical condition.

Some witnesses have already come forward and investigators are asking anyone who was in the area of the Stafford Drive bridge deck just before 2:49 a.m. Sunday morning to contact police.

Witnesses have described two vehicles that were seen in the area at the time of the collision – a white, late 90s model half ton truck and newer, silver Ford or Toyota crew cab truck. In relation to the white truck, witnesses observed three subjects – a Caucasian female, mid-30s with a “coarse voice” who was wearing a leather jacket and two males wearing dark clothing.

Police would like to speak to the occupants of the silver truck and white truck along with anyone else who may have information about the collision. 

The offending vehicle will have damage to the front passenger side headlight and hood area.

 Investigation in the matter is ongoing.

 -30-