Lethbridge man charged in hit and run collision with cyclist

Lethbridge Regional Police have charged a 30-year-old man in connection with a hit and run collision early Sunday morning that resulted in life-threatening injuries to a 45-year-old cyclist.

 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 was the victim of a hit and run collision. The male was initially transported to Chinook Regional Hospital with life-threatening injuries and later airlifted to Calgary Foothills Hospital. He remains in Foothills Hospital in critical condition.

 On Jan. 28, 2014 a 30-year-old male attended the police station in relation to the hit and run collision and following further investigation was subsequently charged. Police have also seized his vehicle, a black Nissan Titan truck with a topper. 

 Edward James Mikla, 30, of Lethbridge, is charged with one count of failing to stop or remain at the scene of collision causing bodily harm. Mikla is remanded to appear in court this morning.

 Investigation is ongoing and further charges are pending.

 Police are asking anyone who saw Mikla or has information on his whereabouts and activities the night of Saturday Jan. 25 and into the early morning hours of Sunday Jan. 26 prior to and after the collision to come forward.

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

 Police wish to thank all members of the public who have come forward and provided information regarding this case so far.

 **Sgt. Rusty Lawrence with the Traffic Response Unit will be available for media interviews this morning at 10 a.m. at the police station. This will be the only opportunity for on-camera interviews.

 Also, please note the seized vehicle is not available for photographs or video at this time as it is being processed as part of the investigation. **





For media inquiries contact:

 Sgt. Rusty Lawrence
Traffic Response Unit
Lethbridge Regional Police Service