Crime

Bike hit and run: Fort Collins police say driver to blame in crash that hurt cyclist

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Original post, December 14, 1:30 p.m: A collision this week sent a 62-year-old cyclist in Fort Collins flying off his bike in a crash he can barely remember. And there's no information from the driver, either; after the collision, the SUV sped off, leaving the cyclist behind. This hit-and-run is the latest high-profile bike-vehicle crash in Colorado and comes just a month after a tragic fatal accident in Denver.

"The car slowed down and then just went on without checking to see if I was okay," says Dornan, who lives in Fort Collins and works in real estate.

At least that's what he was told, and what witnesses have reported.

Dornan says he can't remember the actual collision, which occurred Tuesday afternoon on College Avenue and Columbia Road as he was leaving a shopping center.

"I looked up and the light was definitely green," he says. "I vaguely remember seeing something...but that's where my memory fades."

Witnesses in a nearby car told 7News that the vehicle barely missed hitting them. They said the driver clearly ran through a red light, hitting the cyclist.

The crash apparently sent Dornan and his bike flying and also knocked off the hubcap of the car -- the only clue that remained at the scene.

"They said that the bike went up in the air and I went up in the air...ten feet," Dornan says. "And I flew about fifteen feet from my bike and landed."

He continues, "I guess [the witnesses] came up to me and I kept asking, 'I had the green, I had the green, didn't I?' and they assured me I did," says Dornan. He doesn't remember the immediate aftermath of the crash; his next memory is talking to emergency responders a little while later.

Dornan says he doesn't believe any suspects have been identified yet. We've left a message with the Fort Collins Police Department and will update when and if we hear back.

"It may be too soon to tell all my damages," he says. "I'm walking around okay."

Dornan is taking time off from work. He says he's suffering from pains in his lower spine and other shooting pains in his body.

"Always wear your helmet," he says. "My helmet was cracked -- that could've been my skull."

Continue for more on the accident and a news video from the scene.

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