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March 30, 2018

Police in Melbourne are on the lookout for the driver behind the wheel of a car that collided with a bicyclist early on the morning of Saturday, March 31st.  It was around 6:30 in the morning when a bicyclist was traveling down the 1700 block of Pineapple Avenue.  The report did not state where the individual on the bicycle was coming from or if they had the proper safety gear (lights, reflectors, etc) and were obeying all of the traffic laws, but we do know that it was while they were traveling down this particular stretch of Pineapple Avenue that a car came by and collided with them.  The driver of this car then made the stupidest possible decision: they fled.

Because of the early hour, or perhaps because Pineapple Avenue is a quieter street, it was not until another driver came down the road, minutes after the initial crash occurred, that the police were called.

It seems that this second driver was passing by when they saw the mangled bicycle.  Upon investigating, the driver then found the badly injured individual who had been violently thrown from the bike after being struck by the initial car.

Paramedics joined Melbourne Police in rushing to the scene.  The injured bicyclist was carefully placed into an ambulance and taken directly to a nearby medical center where he is currently receiving treatment while the doctors and nurses monitor his condition.  The report did not make it immediately clear if the bicyclist was believed to be in somewhat stable condition when he was taken to the hospital or if the extent of his injuries were life threatening or not.

The Melbourne Police Department’s report concluded with a call for civilian help.  Because the driver of the car failed to acknowledge the collision in any way, police are searching for them.  When they are found, there will be litany of charges waiting for them, including hit-and-run, hit-and-run from an accident resulting in bodily injury, and, depending on the outcome of the investigation, numerous other accounts.

It is highly possible that, had the driver remained at the scene of the incident, the charges they now face would have been far less severe.

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