Police are searching for a suspect involved in a Wednesday morning hit-and-run that injured a bicyclist.
While the culprit drove off, passersby, including a nurse, stopped to help the downed cyclist.
The incident occurred at about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, when a vehicle struck 68-year-old Ernie Brink of San Luis Obispo on the 700 block of Tank Farm Road, near the side entrance of the Marigold Shopping Center.
Brink sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. His condition was not released by Wednesday evening.
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San Luis Obispo Lt. Bill Proll said that at about 12:20 p.m., officers were in contact with a suspect over the phone and negotiating with the person to return to the scene of the accident. But as of Wednesday night, officers had yet to make an arrest or identify the suspect, stating the incident was still under investigation because of a lack of witnesses.
A press release stated the department had recovered and impounded the vehicle believed to have struck Brink to examine it for evidence. A department spokesperson could not be reached for additional comment.
San Luis Obispo resident Jessica Jantos said she was driving east on Tank Farm Road when she saw Brink in the middle of the road, although she did not see the accident. Jantos, a nurse, pulled her vehicle into a nearby parking lot and ran to the victim, who she said was not moving but responsive when she spoke to him.
“There was a lot of blood all over his face,” Jantos said. “I think his helmet saved his life.”
She said he was able to squeeze her hand and speak his first name when asked.
Other motorists had stopped and were on their cell phones to authorities, who were quickly on the scene, she said.
“It’s hard to drive by something like that and just say, ‘Well, I hope they’re OK,’” Jantos said.
The department is asking for anyone who witnessed the hit-and-run to call 781-7312.