Hit-and-Run Bike Crash on Second Street Leaves Community Activist Hospitalized

1_6_10_hirsch.jpgPhoto: Ross Hirsch

 Cyclist Ross Hirsch reports on a hit and run bike crash in the Downtown.

I did not witness the incident, but biked up to it just after the paramedics arrived and were in the process of putting the victim onto a stretcher. He appeared calm and coherent, but told me he couldn't move. See the attached pix. He said he was "thrown off his bike."

Name: Ed Magos, works for COLA in ITA (Information Technology Agency). I notified his work he may be late today. He was clearly injured, but could talk. Stephen knows him and will notify his family. Unfortunately, the only good news is that he isn't dead.

He informed he was traveling East on 2nd Street (to work). He said he was not in the R turn lane, but the #2 lane and intended on traveling straight through the intersection. I noticed him on the ground about 50 ft east of the intersection lying in the right hand turn lane.

A female FIDM student (name: Harpreet) standing on the sidewalk immediately adjacent to the incident informed the police that she didn't actually see the impact, but saw the immediate aftermath. She told the officer the incident occurred at 8:27 a.m. because that's when she sent a text. She reported it was white Carrerra-like Porsche, license xxxxxxx. African American female, mid-30s, black hair. She reported that the driver pulled over, saw the downed cyclist, stated that someone should call 911, made a u-turn, and proceeded to drive away traveling west on 2nd Street. Harpreet suggested that the driver indicated that she was in a hurry or late for something. She also told the officer that the driver said the sun was in her eyes and didn't see the cyclist. (I have Harpreet's phone number for those interested. She was friendly and matter-of-fact--would make a good witness, too.)

Two officers responded, with Officer Marroquin interviewing the witness and taking notes.

Several workers in the office building also saw the aftermath (but not the actual incident)-they were talking to the police. Apparently they were on a conference call and were able to look out the window and see what had taken place.